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(Guardian)   Are you for or against pawternity leave, so workers get three weeks of paid leave to bond with a new pet?   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Dog, Parental leave, Adoption, Maternity, Paternity, Family law, Parenting, Leave  
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184 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 19 Oct 2021 at 12:35 PM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-10-19 10:39:42 AM  
I don't think I could afford 17 new pets a year.
 
2021-10-19 10:43:43 AM  

Dr.Fey: I don't think I could afford 17 new pets a year.


Is there a definition of pet? Because I think you could afford to start adopting fruit flies. Also, you'd need to file for bereavement leave for when they die.
 
2021-10-19 11:03:20 AM  
This is not a good idea
 
2021-10-19 11:31:26 AM  
This is stupid.  Also stupid that they need to bring them into stores and into the office.
 
2021-10-19 11:36:45 AM  
Three weeks sounds a little excessive, but sure, yeah a few days off sounds reasonable, especially if it helps the person be happier and more productive in the long run, once their pet gets acclimated to their new surroundings, and less likely to cause long-term issues with separation anxiety etc.
 
2021-10-19 11:50:04 AM  
This was floated around the office a couple years ago. I decided then it was a bad idea.

Just give people more PTO or floating holidays.
 
2021-10-19 12:21:51 PM  
No, but throwing this out there as a potential concept and then seeing how workers response could be an excellent tool for filtering out employees too stupid to retain.
 
2021-10-19 12:34:37 PM  
Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.
 
2021-10-19 12:42:25 PM  

Dr.Fey: I don't think I could afford 17 new pets a year.


Goldfish are pets
 
2021-10-19 12:55:49 PM  
Give everyone enough PTO and you won't need to build a complete list of all the situations where time off is allowed or not.

Actual parental leave should be longer but I also completely understand timing vacation days with the arrival of a new pup or kitten. It just doesn't need to be a category of its own

I'm at 9 weeks off so far this year, and taking two more before New Years
 
2021-10-19 12:56:00 PM  

BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.


In many cases the closer a single person gets attached to their fur baby the more I realize why they are single.
 
2021-10-19 1:12:53 PM  
Smokers get breaks to go outside and smoke, while non-smokers always had to work.   I had a friend who would play video games on a Gameboy outside with the smokers to get the extra break.  (This was a long time ago)

My opinion is childless people see people with children getting breaks that they feel entitled to.
 
2021-10-19 1:14:10 PM  
Lets spend 3 weeks never leaving the doggos side so they whine all the louder when you have the audacity to leave them


How could ANYONE hate you for that?
 
2021-10-19 1:17:29 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: This is stupid.  Also stupid that they need to bring them into stores and into the office.


No one ever mentions that as many as 10 million people, including my wife, are extremely allergic to dogs.
There's no way she could work in an office with a dog in it, even for a couple of hours.
She cannot ride in a car with a dog. She can't be on a plane with someone's comfort animal or seeing eye dog.
 
2021-10-19 1:29:36 PM  
That's farking stupid.
 
2021-10-19 1:35:06 PM  

BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.


David Sedaris keeps diaries from his tours / book signings:

February 2, 2008 Munich

When signing books for married couples in America, I'll often ask if the two of them have any children.  Then I'll wince as they answer, "Oh, our dogs are our children."  As if teaching a springer spaniel to stay off the sofa is really the same as getting a teenager through high school in one piece.

In Germany, though, it's a different story.  At last night's signing, I asked a woman if she had a dog.  Then I watched as she picked her book off the table, saying (*thick German accent*), "Oh, my children are my dogs."
 
2021-10-19 1:35:16 PM  

smurfco: That's farking stupid.


So is having children, but we give people time off for having them anyway.
 
2021-10-19 1:36:42 PM  

BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.


I feel the same about people with crotch fruit.  Nobody gives a fark that your baby can finally walk.  Humans have been doing that for at least 3 million years.  Wtf cares?
 
2021-10-19 1:46:27 PM  

LL316: smurfco: That's farking stupid.

So is having children, but we give people time off for having them anyway.


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2021-10-19 1:52:50 PM  

LL316: BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.

I feel the same about people with crotch fruit.  Nobody gives a fark that your baby can finally walk.  Humans have been doing that for at least 3 million years.  Wtf cares?


It feels like some of the same rules should be in place.  For example, a 2 year old shouldn't shiat in my front yard in the same way that a dog shouldn't shiat in my front yard.

"But he's just a dog..." or "...but I pick it up"
Yea, he's just a dog that sits in a house for 23.5 hours of the day and manages not shiat on the floor but magically loses all bowel control outside.  Anyone who lets a dog shiat anywhere other than their own yard is just being selfish.

/anyone who keeps a dog without a yard is also selfish
 
2021-10-19 2:05:54 PM  

LL316: BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.

I feel the same about people with crotch fruit.  Nobody gives a fark that your baby can finally walk.  Humans have been doing that for at least 3 million years.  Wtf cares?


Kind of reminds me of this:

Pregnant Women are Smug by Garfunkel and Oates: The Official Video
Youtube LbTB3ASkdOo
 
2021-10-19 2:40:10 PM  

BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.


Seriously!

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Besides, my stone baby can take out their fur babies at 40 feet.
 
2021-10-19 2:46:08 PM  
It isn't mandatory. If employers think it will help them retain or attract staff, then let them. Whatever they think it takes. If they decide to have pizza parties every Friday with balloons and a Colin the Caterpillar cake, go ahead. Let them compete in the marketplace for workers instead of the other way around for a change.
 
2021-10-19 2:55:35 PM  
Probably not. You have time to bond with the pet during your off time. I am all for pets and animals but this is almost getting excessive when it comes to taking off work.
 
2021-10-19 3:00:18 PM  

LL316: BigNumber12: Childless people have gotten astonishingly stupid about their animals. "Fur babies." Grow the fark up.

I feel the same about people with crotch fruit.  Nobody gives a fark that your baby can finally walk.  Humans have been doing that for at least 3 million years.  Wtf cares?


What they said: Junior took his first steps today!

What they meant: Another milestone towards the end of my endless, thankless indentureship!
 
2021-10-19 3:21:00 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: This is stupid.  Also stupid that they need to bring them into stores and into the office.


I don't mind them in pet stores or places like Home Depot.  But keep them the heck out of the grocery stores and restaurants.
 
2021-10-19 3:46:20 PM  
Doesn't it work the opposite way with cats? I'm going to need the company to put me up in a hotel for a couple of nights while the new cat gets acclimated at home.
 
2021-10-19 4:30:43 PM  

WTFDYW: This is not a good idea


If the rules are clearly spelled out, it's not so bad. The best way to judge whether a workplace is terrible would be if they offer this leave, but don't have at least 6 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave.

If they care more about a dog being well adjusted than an employee having adequate time to heal after pushing a watermelon sized human out of their body or a new parent having time to bond with their newly arrived watermelon sized human after it's born/adopted, well, that's a sign that a company sucks and that you should pass on a job offer.
 
2021-10-19 4:54:54 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: This is stupid.  Also stupid that they need to bring them into stores and into the office.


I took the kids to our HMO's clinic this weekend for our flu shots. Out of the ten people in line, three had dogs with them. And they weren't service dogs. WTF? You can't leave Muffy at home for thirty minutes?

/It was dumb to begin with, but Americans no longer have any cause to make fun of people doing things like taking a chicken on a bus or whatever.
 
2021-10-19 5:54:16 PM  
A former employer used to do 3 days of paid leave IF the pet was a disabled dog or cat.

She also paid us for time volunteering at Humane Society fundraisers or volunteering to serve meals at the homeless shelter, our office dogs/cats were disabled rescues with a fenced in yard, and she'd donate a pallet of ice to the shelter on 90°F days bc they didn't have AC.

Woman owned steel manufacturing plants are awesome to work at.
 
2021-10-19 5:55:44 PM  

BretMavrik: The Googles Do Nothing: This is stupid.  Also stupid that they need to bring them into stores and into the office.

I took the kids to our HMO's clinic this weekend for our flu shots. Out of the ten people in line, three had dogs with them. And they weren't service dogs. WTF? You can't leave Muffy at home for thirty minutes?

/It was dumb to begin with, but Americans no longer have any cause to make fun of people doing things like taking a chicken on a bus or whatever.


Have been on a chicken bus? I was on one in Honduras 🇭🇳
 
2021-10-19 7:31:59 PM  

tdyak: Smokers get breaks to go outside and smoke, while non-smokers always had to work.   I had a friend who would play video games on a Gameboy outside with the smokers to get the extra break.  (This was a long time ago)


I have yet to see any company's policies that say smokers get breaks but nonsmokers don't.  The difference is that smokers take the breaks and go somewhere while nonsmokers choose to work through them.
 
2021-10-19 9:33:55 PM  
I'm OK with the leave, as long as the employees are childless and intend to stay that way. Let them share in the perks that breeders such as myself enjoy (not that I ever did - I work on contract).
 
2021-10-19 11:02:51 PM  
I'd like to trade it for a pass to avoid all the BS company functions, and to avoid getting hit up for donations for bridal/baby gifts and for your sprog's school crap.
 
2021-10-19 11:48:41 PM  
I think it sounds a bit dumb but, it's no skin off my nose if an employer decides they want to offer this. You can count me in on 'I've had enough' of the folks that have to drag their animals with them in every store. I shouldn't have to worry about stepping in dog crap/pee if I am in a store and I absolutely hate them in grocery stores. Sure, actual Service animals are fine but your "emotional support" purse chihuahua does not need to be around my farking groceries.
 
2021-10-20 7:17:44 AM  
We got two kittens while I'm still working from home. I manage to bond with them just fine while performing my job.
 
2021-10-20 3:01:44 PM  
Just for perspective, I was given 3 days off when I adopted two children.
 
2021-10-20 7:54:41 PM  
YAWN. Wake me up when we get paternity weave!
 
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