Dog Friendly Office Project: We Set a Recommended Day for Bringing Dogs to the Office

In the spirit of ‘Enriching the Workplace with Your Dog" at free stitch, we started the ‘Dog Friendly Office Project’ in September 2019. 

To commemorate the launch of the Dog Friendly Office Project, we will hold an annual event at the free stitch office called the ‘Dog Friendly Office Day’ on May 12th 2021.

As part of the preparation process, we asked our staff to take a questionnaire on how they felt about bringing their dogs to the office.

We gathered our team’s responses and we learned that many of us wanted to bring our pets to work, but felt that there were too many obstacles to overcome. 

Some reasons included: 

  • Not being sure when was an appropriate day to bring the pet to the office (busy schedule, meetings, etc)
  • If bringing a pet to the office would inconvenience other members of staff 

The spring season in Japan is when new employees typically join companies, so there is a higher chance of hesitation about bringing a pet to work due to unfamiliarity with the rules and procedures involved.

To overcome this barrier, free stitch decided to nominate every Wednesday as a ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’.  Staff who come to the office on Wednesdays can feel comfortable bringing their pets with them, and those who do not bring pets can be aware of the set date for ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ every week.

By continuing to gather feedback from our team about our dog friendly office efforts, we hope to continue promoting activities that will ‘create a richer workplace with our dogs’. 

For more information on the Dog Friendly Office Project, please click here.

Check out the Dog-friendly Office Project on SNS

[Instagram] [Facebook]