On Friday 20 July, the team at Mad Paws HQ wore their pyjamas to work. No, we hadn’t lost a bet, and no, we weren’t all moving into the office. Instead, we were teaming up with our neighbours at Blys and Spacer to participate in National Pyjama Day. The event, which was created by the Pyjama Foundation, aims to raise money and awareness for children in foster homes. Between us, we set out to raise $500 by selling cakes that we’d brought from home. By the end of the day, we’d raised $1243.85.
The benefits of the day also extended beyond fundraising. Yes, we’d donned our nightwear for a worthy cause – but in truth, we ended up having a blast. Here’s what we learned by wearing our pyjamas to the office!
Everyone Felt at Home in What They Were Wearing
At Mad Paws, we’re lucky to work in a judgment-free environment. Most days, people dress for comfort instead of fashion. However, the game completely changed the day we wore our pyjamas to work. Because we were all dressed in flannels, onesies, and dressing gowns, we were more inclined to let our hair down and relax about our appearances. No-one worried about their outfit, because we were all supposed to look ridiculous.
If every office in the country could create the same sensation – pyjamas or no – we’d have a much more relaxed workforce.
Daytime Clothes Don’t Even Begin to Compare to Pyjamas
Speaking of comfort, OH MY GOD. We’d never realised how constraining our work clothes were until we went to the office in our PJs. By sitting at our desks in our nightwear, we felt as if we were working on a cloud.
Office Buildings can be Kind Places
Of course, we didn’t raise all that money in a void. Workers from nearby companies came by to laugh at our outfits, buy our cakes, and donate to our efforts. It was hilarious to see the Blys, Spacer, and Mad Paws teams in their PJs – but it was heartwarming to see so many others rally for the Pyjama Foundation. More than anything, we learned that sometimes it takes a worthy cause to bring a workplace neighbourhood together.
With the money we raised, the Pyjama Foundation will be able to:
- recruit, screen, train, and support two Pyjama Angels who will be matched with a child in foster care. Together they will read books aloud, play educational games, and focus on learning-based activities
- provide four training kits to Pyjama Angels
- purchase puzzles, board games, and children’s books
To learn more about the Pyjama Foundation, visit their website.