Envy that smoker friend in your office who gets to take more breaks? Well, don’t! Because a Japanese marketing firm Piala Inc has called it even by granting its non-smoking employees an extra 6 days leaves a year to compensate for the smoking breaks.
The step was taken by the company when a few non-smokers complained that they work for longer hours as compared to their smoker colleagues and it was causing a problem.
It was then the company’s CEO, Takao Asuka decided to come up with a solution that would resolve the issue but also encourage the employees working in the company to quit smoking.
“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion”, he said
Piala Inc has its office on the 29th floor and smokers need to go all the way to the basement for a smoking break which results in being out of the office for 5 or more minutes per break.
As the company introduced this new incentive policy many employees quit smoking to avail its benefits. The policy for now has been availed by 30 out of 120 employees!
Hence proved smoking is not more than just injurious to health!