We all have smokers at work! We have all heard non smokers complaining about smokers and all the “smoke break” time they get.
A company in Japan is trying to cut down on their employees smoking and their smoke breaks with an interesting idea.
Piala, a Tokyo-based marketing firm, has started giving non-smoking employees six additional paid days off a year.
The company kept hearing the same thing over and over; colleagues who smoked often worked less during the day-due to smoke breaks. That led the agency to come up with what it’s calling a “win-win” solution.“We don’t give punishment you for smoking,” said Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima. “Instead, we offer a benefit for not smoking.”
About 1 in 5 adults in Japan smoke and this is being seen as pretty creative way to get folks to stop!
Since Piala introduced its new vacation incentive in September, 4 out of 42 smokers on staff have given up, Matsushima said.
Workers who don’t smoke and now have an extra six days vacation- are pretty pleased about the new bonus!