This office has gone to the dogs and their human ‘co-workers’ couldn’t be more pleased! Canines are allowed to roam freely around the new Bark office in Columbus, Ohio, a trend that is already catching on here in Australia.
Bark, the New York business hosting this office, specialises appropriately enough in the production of dog toys, treats and supplies. And now this ‘doggedly’ ambitious venture has instituted a BarkBox division, based at a satellite office in Ohio.
Every day is ‘Bring Your Doggie to Work Day’ for Bark’s 300 plus Ohio employees half of which own these four-legged wonders as pets. Their office is a veritable ‘canine design’ created by the Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ, and allows for 40-50 dogs to visit the workplace every day. Indeed, this corporate design was devised with the needs of both two- and four-legged inhabitants in mind.
Employees work side by side with their dogs in the confines of their workspaces, which come complete with bunk-bed cubbies and nooks built into bordering wall dividers. Even the office’s workstations boast built-in napping spots, so that dogs in residence can relax while their envious humans do all the work.
The office even features dual kitchens brimming with food and beverage options for both employees and their pooches.
The employee lounge boasts a pet playroom complete with rubber flooring. And furnishings throughout the workplace were chosen with the office’s corporate canines in mind, with sofas and chairs upholstered with a specialised custom-lined fabric that allows for simplified waste clean-up. And conventional carpeting was omitted from the design, with concrete flooring lining all circulation and open-work zones and woven vinyl flooring installed in the conference rooms.
All in all, the new Bark office design is one for the books and for the barks!