A Japanese company has taken a really creative approach to motivate its employees to quit smoking. The Tokyo-based organization called Piala Inc. is giving its non-smoking staff SIX extra days of vacation per year! Their new policy was introduced in September and is meant to compensate for the cigarette-breaks that take out about 15 minutes each.
Hirotaka Matsushima, the spokesman of the company, says that one of their non-smoking employees put a message in the company suggestion box saying that smoking breaks were causing problems. So, their CEO saw the comment, agreed, and decided to give the non-smokers some extra vacation time to compensate.
The head office of the company is on the 29th floor of an office block, so anyone who wanted a cigarette break had to go all the way down to the basement, and it took around 15 minutes for each trip.
Since the changes have been made, at least 30 of the company’s 120 employees have taken advantage of the new perk, and according to the company, the change has encouraged at least four people to quit smoking.
Takao Asuka, Piala Inc.’s CEO says that he hopes the change will encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties. It has been reported by the World Health Organization that 18.2% of the Japanese adults smoke.
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At least 30 of the company’s 120 employees have already taken advantage of the new change, and taken extra time off
Some people agreed that non-smokers should get more paid leave, because the smoke breaks take too much time
Others thought that it’s unfair for the smokers