It’s about 7:30 a.m. when Sam rolls up to the U.S.-Canadian border to cross into Detroit from Windsor, ready to start his workday at 8 a.m. at Strategic Staffing Solutions.
The security officer asks, “Where are you going?” Sam responds only with a pleading puppy-dog look as Karyn Shockley presents his papers.
Sam isn’t like the typical office dog. He works for an international corporation. There, Sam is not just leashed to one owner, but is shared among multiple employees. Orvella Bettis (recruiter), Sharima Bulchak (assistant to CEO), Karyn Mahler (a fulfillment manager) and Katha Shockley (senior recruiter) all share custody of Sam, and switch off taking him home and caring for him.
The four employees who share Sam work together to produce monthly schedules on with whom Sam will stay during a particular period of time. The time lengths vary depending on personal schedules in a rotation that’s been working for three years now.
“As a company, we are very invested in animals. Particularly, we have a huge presence in Michigan’s Humane Society,” Bulchak said. “So we had already had the office cats which we adopted, and the finance team went to Cindy (Pasky, CEO of S3) and asked if we collectively took care of it, could we have a dog, and she said yes.”
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