BrewDog introduces global paid puppy leave

Craft beer organisation BrewDog has introduced paid puppy leave for all staff, allowing employees to take a week of paid leave to help settle a new dog into their home.

The Scotland-based organisation, which already lets employees bring well-behaved pets to work with them, will offer the new week-long paid puppy leave to all global staff members across its UK and US locations.

The leave applies to employees who are welcoming either a new puppy or an older rescue dog into their family.

The policy aims to help staff create a bond with their new pet, as well as help the dog adjust to its new surroundings.

BrewDog’s paid puppy leave scheme will sit alongside its wider benefits offering, which includes enhanced maternity and paternity pay, beer training for all staff, a Dog Years sabbatical programme that allows employees to take four weeks off after being with the organisation for five years to complete a project, and the Unicorn Fund, where 10% of the organisation’s annual profits are split equally between all staff.

James Watt, co-founder at BrewDog, said: “It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home. So we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.

“We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits. At BrewDog, we care about two things above all else: people and beer. We also just really, really like dogs.”