Company Gives More Vacation Time To Non-Smokers

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Ever secretly feel angry every time you see that co-worker help themselves to a smoke break while you sit tolling away in your cube with your healthy lungs? Sure you have. Well you’ll love Piala Inc., a Tokyo-based marketing firm, which has introduced a policy granting six extra paid holidays per year to non-smoking employees to make up for the cigarette breaks of employees who do smoke. It all started when a non-smoker used the company suggestion box to complain about smoking breaks. A company spokesperson said, “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.” Smoke breaks are particularly time-consuming at the company – about 15 minutes each – because smokers must travel from the office on the 29th floor to the basement. So far, 25% of the employees have taken days off under the new policy – and, at least four people have quit smoking as a result of the policy. Meanwhile, more and more Japanese companies are starting to attempt to rein in the bad habit of smoking, with one company going so far as to ban smoking during work hours. (Telegraph)