Dogs@work named GoDaddy as a 2018 recipient of The DOG Award. “GoDaddy has happily embraced the dog as a valuable addition to its company campus,” says Debbie Black, Director of Dogs@work. “For GoDaddy’s many hubs throughout the world, every day of the 365 day calendar year is dog day. ”
GoDaddy is the largest ICANN-accredited registrar in the world. It has over 6,000 employees worldwide. The internet giant has an open door policy for dogs in the workplace. GoDaddy is known for it’s convivial company atmosphere. According to the GoDaddy Website:
Myriad studies attest to the physical and mental health benefits of pets in the workplace and beyond. Here are just a few findings:
- Playing with a dog can elevate serotonin and dopamine levels, which improves mood and reduces stress and anger.
- Employees who bring dogs to work may experience lower stress levels and increased job satisfaction, as compared to colleagues who either don’t have pets or leave them at home, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure in stressful situations.
- Dogs act as social ice-breakers and help their owners meet other people. The same study by researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. also suggested that dogs help people be more involved in their communities and be more sociable — even when their dogs aren’t with them.
- In general, psychologists have determined that pet owners have greater self-esteem, are more physically fit, less lonely and more conscientious and extraverted than non-pet owners. Is there a social price to pay for all this pet-induced goodness? Nope. Researchers also found that relationships with pets don’t come at the expense of human relationships and that “pet people” are just as close to other people as non-pet owners.”
Dogs@work is an animal advocacy group that encourages positive awareness of dogs in corporate culture. 37% of dog owners would sacrifice vacation time or a pay raise to be able to bring their dog to work. 44% of dog lovers would consider a career move for a pet-friendly workplace.
“The DOG Award is about more than recognizing successful organizations,” says Black. “The companies which earn The DOG Award exemplify organizations that invest in every level of its employee’s performance.GoDaddy is at the forefront of the dogs at work movement.”
This summer, Dogs@work are announcing ten American companies in their inaugural class of recipients of The DOG Award in 2018. “Studies have shown a tremendous contribution from dogs at the office,” says Thom Black, a director at Dogs@work. “At the office, dogs increase morale, de-stress the environs, facilitate meaningful communication, and increase productivity. Its time for other companies to look at GoDaddy and observe what they are doing with their canine policy.”
The Latin phrase, a bonis ad meliora, embedded in the gold circle of The DOG Award means from good to better. “GoDaddy has made its good company better by including their employees’ dogs in its company culture,” says David Paul Kirkpatrick, a director at Dogs@work, and the former President of Paramount Pictures and the former President of Walt Disney Pictures.
In November, 2018, The DOG Award will be presented to GoDaddy at company headquarters in Scotsdale, Arizona. “It’s exciting for us to be presenting this award to GoDaddy with both dogs and their humans in attendance,” says Kirkpatrick. “Dogs make for better and kinder companies, and, in turn, a better and kinder world.”