Give me a break

Japan company offers extra six days off to non-smokers

Give me a break
A musician with the Orange Order smokes a cigarette outside Drumcree Parish Church before approaching a police line in Portadown, Northern Ireland, on July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne


JAPAN — There’s often an unspoken resentment felt by non-smokers when they see their smoking colleagues heading outdoors for a smoke break, yet again.

So one Japanese company decided to do something about it, according to CNBC.

After a non-smoking employee submitted a complaint about the smoke breaks affecting productivity, marketing firm Piala changed its paid time-off policy.

Now, non-smoking staff can take an additional six days off per year to make up for the time smokers take for cigarette breaks.

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives, rather than penalties or coercion,” said CEO Takao Asuka.

And apparently it’s working — four of the company’s 42 employees have already given up their smoking habit.

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