A few months ago, we heard from a young job-seeker hoping to build his work experience through voluntary internships. ‘I’m enthusiastic, devoted and extremely pawfessionial’, wrote Doug, ‘I think I could make valuable contributions and really add to your company culture.’ A little dubious but impressed nonetheless at Doug’s ambition, we agreed to a day trial at Rusher Rogers HQ where Doug could prove to us he’d make a worthy addition to our team.
9 AM: A promising start with Doug arriving promptly, well-presented and eager to start the day.
Initial excitement at meeting his new colleagues led to a small wet puddle on the carpet. Not something we’d been faced with before, but we were willing to look past this initial misdemeanour as office productivity was at an all-time high.
10.30 AM: Hopeful that Doug could provide a unique insight into our plans for the upcoming financial year, he was invited to our weekly sales meeting. Seeing an opportunity to impress, Doug demonstrated strong relationship-building skills and was particularly persuasive with our Director, Steve.
1.30 PM: An advocate for inclusive workplace culture, Doug made some interesting suggestions as to how we could improve employee engagement and satisfaction; he was invited to lead a short presentation on his findings which included a comprehensive employee reward scheme.
3.30 PM: While assisting colleagues on a variety of important projects, Doug proved to be collaborative, dutiful and a tenacious negotiator.
4.30 PM: A successful day’s interning left Doug dog-tired and a short power-nap was required.
‘It was a pleasure to work alongside Doug, his contributions were valuable and innovative.’ Steve, Director
‘I would definitely recommend Doug to other employers, all in all a very good boy.’ Aimee, Consultant
‘Doug was incredibly sociable with finely-tuned communication skills. A helpful colleague and a loyal companion.’ Samantha, Consultant
Jokes aside, Doug’s internship certainly highlighted the benefits of allowing doggy companions in the workplace. Purina leads the #PetsAtWork initiative so if, like me, you feel dogs make the best colleagues the Purina website provides a wealth of advice on how to set up a pet friendly office.
This growing trend poses some interesting questions about the innovative changes being made by brands, such as Purina, who make unique working cultures a distinctive feature of their employee benefits and marketing campaigns. A lot can be said for a brand that truly lives by it’s own values.
On the other hand, the excitement was perhaps a little too much for Doug who, shortly after his visit, devoured a sock and is now on strict bed-rest… get well soon buddy!
By Claudia Bellwood, Temp Consultant, Rusher Rogers