I just read that the Nestle Purina Company allows its employees to bring their dogs to work. This is one measure that company takes to offer a better work-life balance for its employees. Dude! What a beautiful thing. (Short history lesson: Henri Nestle, who founded the company in 1867, was also instrumental in creating the first chocolate bar, so he's already tops in my book.)
Now, of course, a dog in the workplace might not sit well with some people, but the concept is, in my opinion, an ingenious and unique bit of morale-building.
Here are some other companies that are being creative in their quests to give employees a better work/life balance.
What could you company do to make your life more balanced, besides the obvious of asking you to work too many hours?
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.