A Japanese Company Just Gave Non-Smokers 6 Extra Vacation Days

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It really doesn’t matter who we are, we likely realize that smoking is not a habit that we should keep. As a matter of fact, it is responsible for more preventable deaths than any other habit, yet millions of people continue to smoke on a regular basis. It is something that has an effect on our health but it can also affect our productivity as well. Some companies are beginning to stand up and take notice.

This is an example that comes from Japan and one creative company has taken a stand on what really is taking people by surprise. The company is based in Tokyo and it is Piala inc. In order to reward people for not smoking, they are providing those non-smokers with 6 extra vacation days on an annual basis. This policy was introduced in September and it is founded in something that is really interesting. Considering the fact that smoking breaks take about 15 minutes each, those non-smokers are actually earning that time.

One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told The Telegraph. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving nonsmokers some extra time off to compensate.”

The company is located on the 29th floor of the building so if somebody wants a cigarette, it takes them 15 minutes to head to the basement to have one.

Out of the 120 employees of the company, at least 30 of them have already used some of the extra time since those changes have taken place. Interestingly enough, 4 people who work for the company have quit smoking since that time.

According to the World Health Organization, 18.2% of adults in Japan smoke cigarettes. It is an interesting concept but not one that everybody agrees with.

The Piala Inc. office is on the 29th floor, so anyone wanting a cigarette has to go to the basement, taking around 15 minutes for each trip

“One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems”

“Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving nonsmokers some extra time off to compensate”

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

At least 30 of the company’s 120 employees have already taken advantage of the perk and taken extra time off since the changes have been made

The scheme has also encouraged at least four people to kick the habit

Some people agree non-smoking employees should get more paid leave

Others think it’s unfair to those who smoke

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