Japan may be among the few countries where employees are allowed to carry their pets to the office. The objective behind this initiative is to reduce the stress among the employees in the country where people are known to be workaholic.
More and more companies are now encouraging their employees to come along with their pets to work for the day after Tokyo based IT Company Ferray successfully introduced the idea. The head of the company Hidenobu Fukuda first launched the ‘Office Cat’ policy in the year 2000 upon request from one of his employees, allowing staff to bring their felines to work, The Japanese Times reported.
Moreover, Fukuda awards $45 bonuses for any employee who adopts a rescued cat.
Other Japanese companies are also following in the footsteps of Ferray and are allowing animals in the office to help reduce stress and anxiety. At Oracle Japan, an English Sheepdog named Candy works as a “greeting and healing ambassador,” as per the company website.
The company claims it has an office dog since 1991, and Candy, the fourth one, now even has Twitter and Instagram accounts. Another Japanese company Pasona Group “hired” two goats in 2011 and two alpacas in 2013 as full-time employees to reduce stress and depression among its workers.
Tokyo has some 60 registered cat cafes, due to growing number of feline lovers in Japan. Ferray employee Eri Ito, says she feels relaxed due to animal’s soothing ways. “Cats are sleeping just beside us and It’s healing,” Ito said.