Company decides to bring cats to reduce employee stress
It sounds like having cats at work would be good to everyone. The “office cat” policy has been formally implemented by the Japanese IT company Ferray in an attempt to reduce the stressful work atmosphere there. There are nine furry pals in total who are free to do whatever their little hearts please at the office.
The company’s CEO, Hidenobu Fukuda, approved the famous kitty policy in 2000 after a request from a staff member. This allowed employees to bring their own cats to work. Since then, he has allowed any employee to bring in their reliable partners. He agreed. Ferray employee Eri Ito said she is certain of the animal’s calming abilities. “Cats are dozing right next to us… It’s comforting,” Ito said.
Fukuda supports both taking cats to work and rescuing animals from overloaded shelters and streets in Japan. He added of his fees, “I also contribute 5,000 yen ($45) a month to anyone who save a cat.”
Based on the fact that the advantages far surpass the disadvantages, there are still some challenges. He explained, “Occasionally a cat may walk on a phone and end the call, or sometimes turn off the computers by walking onto the off switch.” However, having cats in the office has been a huge success for both the cats and his staff. Several more businesses have followed suit as a result of the policy, and don’t forget about the 60 registered cat cafes that are growing up all over the place. Just is an example of how much better everything is when cats are involved.
A Japanese company is encouraging people to bring their cats to the office to help them cope with stress and fatigue pic.twitter.com/EnA4RSNsyI
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 19, 2017