Brewery introduces 'paw-ternity' leave for staff

Getting a new dog is a life-changing experience and if you're working full-time, adjusting to the new addition can be a juggling act.

One dog-friendly Scottish brewery has taken onboard a request from its pet owning staff and introduced a week-long 'paw-ternity' leave programme for employees with new dogs.

The company, whose headquarters are based in Aberdeenshire, will be the first brewery in the UK, and the first company in the US, to give workers time off to look after a new dog. Any staff member welcoming a new puppy or an older rescue dog into their life will get a week's leave to adjust to the new arrival. This pooch perk will be available to employees worldwide, including those at their new brewery in Columbus, Ohio which opens spring 2017.

The company is already dog-friendly and allows staff to bring their well-behaved pets to the workplace, which includes the cofounders canine companions, Simcoe and Dr Gonzo.

BrewDog co-founder, James Watt commented, "It's not easy 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."