Minnesota Company Offers Fur-ternity

A Minneapolis marketing company is offering employees "fur-ternity leave," a week of work-from-home days to help new pets adjust.

The firm, Nina Hale, announced on its website that it has adopted a company-wide policy of allowing employees to work flexible hours from home for one week when welcoming a new puppy or kitten into their homes.

"Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business priority means recognizing important life events that happen outside of the office," Nina Hale CEO Donna Robinson said. "If we want to continue to set the example as a top workplace, it is crucial to offer innovative benefits that help to preserve the work-life happiness of our employee owners."

The policy was inspired by Connor McCarthy, a senior account manager at the firm, who asked for a week of flexible hours when he got a new dog in May.

"I think being able to be home and being able to have that flexible schedule the first week really allowed Bentley to understand his new surroundings," McCarthy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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