Sitting in an office all day can get draining. You’re staring at a computer screen in a cramped cubicle, dreaming about when you can pack up, head home, and enjoy some fresh air.
While there may not be much you can do about having to come to work each day (bills have to be paid, you know?) one Japanese business is taking a highly creative approach to boosting employee morale.
The Ferray Corporation has adopted nine cats in an attempt to increase workplace productivity and happiness levels among team members. Managers at the firm say that since the adoption, they’ve noticed that staffers are more apt to chat with one another, since the felines make it easy to strike up a conversation.
They’ve equipped the workspace with litter boxes, toys, food, and other accommodations to keep the animals happy. Employees are also encouraged to bring their own cats into the office, and can receive a bonus if they end up adopting one of the workplace pets.
It seems like it’d be hard to get too stressed about deadlines and overly pushy clients when you’ve got a furry kitten curled up in your lap, right?
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others.