Dogs@work named fitness and wellness company, Zogics, as a 2018 recipient of The DOG Award. “Zogics has established the dog as a valuable addition to its corporate culture,” says Debbie Black, Director of Dogs@work. “Their acceptance of our furry friends into the workplace serves as a model for other American businesses to follow.”
“Dogs have been an integral part of our culture from day one,” says Paul LeBlanc, CEO of Zogics. The company’s eco-friendly fitness products are in over 70% of gyms in America.
Dogs@work is an animal advocacy group that encourages positive awareness of dogs in corporate culture. “Studies have shown a tremendous contribution from dogs at the office,” says Black. “In the workplace, dogs increase morale, de-stress the environs, facilitate meaningful communication, and increase productivity. One in ten companies in America include dogs in their workplace design. It’s time for other companies to look at Zogics and observe what they are doing with their own canine policy.”
Zogics recently expanded with Zogics Pet, producing a line of eco-friendly personal pet care products made from organic, plant-based cleansers and soothing ingredients. Headquartered in the Berkshires, Zogics’ offices are surrounded by acres of outdoor space and 15 miles of dog-friendly trails. Its “Pawternity” policy gives new pet parents an extra week of paid time off.
“Zogics is a great, young company ,” says Thom Black, a director at Dogs@work. “We are honored to be able to salute them with the DOG Award. Research shows that 1 in 10 companies now support dogs in the workplace. 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 Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) found that pet ownership is responsible for saving $11.7 billion yearly in healthcare costs. “Pets can now be identified as a proactive method of staying healthy and avoiding health issues, thus saving money on a personal, professional, governmental, and medical scale,” the Institute reports.
The Latin phrase, A Bonis Ad Meliora, embedded in the gold circle of The DOG Award means from good to better. “Zogics makes its good company better by including their dogs in its culture,” says David Paul Kirkpatrick, a director at Dogs@work, and the former President of Paramount Pictures as well asthe former President of Walt Disney Pictures. “Dogs make for better and kinder companies and, therefore, a better and kinder world.”
The DOG Award will be presented to Zogics at their headquarters in Lennox, Massachusetts in October. “It’s exciting for us to be presenting this award to Zogics where both dogs and their humans will be in in attendance,” says Debbie Black.