Thursday, May 25, 2017

Office Cats

A cat lies in front of a computer at IT firm Ferray on May 16 in Tokyo. | AFP-JIJI

To reduce work stress, Japan firms turn to office cats, dogs and goats

The Japan Times  AFP-JIJI
Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed-out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: cats.

A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo.
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Tokyo’s IT firm Ferray is embracing fluffy feline friends in a move to reduce stress and anxiety. | AFP-JIJI
Hidenobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, introduced an “office cat” policy in 2000 upon request from one of his employees, allowing staff to bring their felines to work.

“I also give ¥5,000 ($45) a month to those who rescue a cat,” he said.
Ferray is not the only firm to welcome furry friends into the workplace.
Ferray is not the only firm to welcome furry friends into the workplace. | AFP-JIJI
Other Japanese companies are also allowing animals in the office to help reduce stress and anxiety.

At Oracle Japan, an Old English Sheepdog named Candy works as a “greeting and healing ambassador,” according to the company website.

The company said it has had an office dog since 1991, and Candy, the fourth one, now has Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Meanwhile, Pasona Group “hired” two goats in 2011 and two alpacas in 2013 as full-time employees, partly for healing purposes.

Tokyo is also home to some 60 registered cat cafes, thanks to a growing number of feline lovers.
Cats as well dogs, goats and alpacas are making themselves at home in some Tokyo offices, welcomed by employers for their
Cats as well dogs, goats and alpacas are making themselves at home in some Tokyo offices, welcomed by employers for their ‘healing purposes.’ | AFP-JIJI
Eri Ito, who works at Ferray, says she is sold on the animal’s soothing ways.

“Cats are sleeping just beside us. … It’s healing,” Ito said.
Ferray employee Eri Ito is sold on their office cats Ferray employee Eri Ito is sold on their office cats’ soothing ways. | AFP-JIJI
But there is also a downside to having felines in the office, Fukuda admitted.
“Sometimes a cat will walk on a phone and cut off the call, or they shut down the computers by walking onto the off switch,” he said.
Ferray
Ferray’s furry felines wander freely in the office, sometimes switching off computers and cutting off phone calls. | AFP-JIJI

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