Nationwide/HABRI study indicates pet friendly companies are more likely to attract, engage and retain employees

With more than 700,000 insured pets, Nationwide is the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the United States. And, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies, and more than 6,000 U.S. companies overall, offer pet insurance from Nationwide as a voluntary employee benefit.

A recent study conducted by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), reveals that 90 percent of employees in pet friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission; fully engaged with their work; and willing to recommend their employer to others. In contrast, less than 65 percent of employees in non-pet friendly workplaces made the same claims.

Below are key findings from the Nationwide/HABRI pet friendly workplace effectiveness study:

A pet friendly workplace is defined in the study as one that allows pets in the workplace (regularly or occasionally) and/or offers a pet friendly employee benefit, such as pet health insurance.

Employee Respondents

Work in Pet Friendly Workplace

Work in Non-Pet Friendly Workplace

Engagement
Feel fully engaged with their work 91% 65%
Feel their work is rewarding and exciting 83% 46%
Attraction
Would recommend their place of employment to others 88% 51%
Retention
Plan to stay at the company for next 12 months 88% 73%
Would decline a job offer with another company at similar pay 72% 44%
Feels the company supports their physical health and wellness 91% 59%
Feels the company supports their mental well-being 89% 53%
Relationships
Report a positive working relationship with their supervisor 52% 14%
Report a positive working relationship with co-workers 53% 19%
Presenteeism
Rarely miss a day of work for well-being and/or recuperation 85% 77%

Find out if your company offers pet insurance from Nationwide as a voluntary employee benefit.