Companies are adopting the ‘paw-ternity’ leave to give new pet owners time with their animals.

Pet at work

Almost half of pet owners have pulled a ‘sickie’ to look after an animal that is ill, according to The Daily Mail. A quarter also said they would change jobs for the sake of their pet’s welfare and two in five think about their pet more than their partner.

With these figures, it was only a matter of time before ‘pet-ternity’ became a thing. There are now a growing number of companies across the UK that are offering this leave for those who are new pet owners. The time is given for them to help their new friend settle in to their home, attend vet appointments and simply spend quality times.

Companies offering this include; ANZ bank, Mars Petcare who offer ten hours of paid leave and BitSol Solutions who get one full paid week off.

A spokesperson for ANZ told the New Zealand Herald: “Anyone can request flexibility for any reason, including ‘paw-ternity leave'. For our employees, flexibility is about supporting our people in delivering results in the most productive way possible, while balancing these commitments with personal priorities.”

Similarly, Greg Buchanan, who runs the BitSol Solutions tech company explained the importance of adopting a pet and said his partner Steph took off nine months when they adopted a new pet. According to The Mirror, he said: “The first few weeks of a dog moving to a new home is a really important time, especially when get are puppies. I don’t have kids myself but I do have dogs and I understand how much they mean to people.

“I find being flexible with my staff when it comes to their animals makes them loyal and hardworking. Pets are like babies nowadays so why shouldn’t staff have some time off when they arrive?”

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