By Divya Bhati: Ride-hailing company Ola has hired a new employee, and it’s a dog. Surprising, isn’t it? Bhavish Aggarwal, the founder and CEO of Ola, introduced Bijlee, the new canine companion of the company, through his social media platform. What makes this recruitment even more special is that Ola has given its new four-legged worker its own special title, “Ola Electric ID cardholder.” Interestingly, Bijlee means electricity in English, which symbolizes the company’s EV (electric vehicle) business. This should be taken as fun only, because a dog obviously can’t be equal to a human employee. The idea could possibly be to make Ola a pet-friendly organization. That’s all.
Now, as per the post, Bijli not only gained recognition as an employee of Ola but also received her own Ola Electric ID card with an employee ID, and that too, with some significance. Sharing the photo of Bijli and her employee details, Aggarwal posted on X (formerly Twitter) and wrote, “New colleague now officially!”. Interestingly, the photo of Bijlee’s ID card is not just any common ID card; it has some intriguing details. For instance, her employee code cleverly reads ‘440 V’, referring to the standard voltage in electrical systems. Additionally, the card mentions Bijlee’s blood group as ‘paw+ve’, ingeniously playing on the word ‘positive’ while referencing her paws.
Furthermore, in case of any need, the card reveals that Bijlee can be reached through the instant messaging platform ‘Slack’. As for the emergency contact information listed, it is BA’s office, presumably representing Bhavish Aggarwal’s initials. The address on the ID card indicates that Bijlee is a proud member of the Ola Electric team at their office on Hosur Road in Koramangala.
While bringing pets to the office has always been part of creating a positive and fun work environment, many companies are now taking a step up and officially adding these furry friends as their employees. Just like Ola, earlier companies like InMobi, OnePlus India, and Zerodha have also adopted dogs and assigned them unique designations within the company. A few years back, a Hyundai showroom in Brazil employed a dog named ‘Tucson Prime.’ Not only did the company hire the dog, but they also awarded it the title of ‘Employee of the Year’ for being the best friend.
Recently, X (formerly Twitter CEO Elon Musk) introduced his dog as the CEO of Twitter in an interview. In a conversation with the BBC, when the position of Twitter CEO was being discussed, Musk named his pet dog Floki, a Shiba Inu, as the new CEO. Musk humorously stated, “I keep telling you I’m not the CEO of Twitter, my dog is the CEO of Twitter.” Musk has always criticized corporate titles such as CEOs, deeming them meaningless, and he has often found ways to mock them. When he acquired Twitter, he infamously changed his Twitter bio to “chief twit.”
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