It's a common complaint among employees all over the world: how come smokers get more breaks than those who don't smoke?
Just because some people choose to smoke doesn't mean they should get 15 minute breaks every hour, especially since non-smokers are not allowed to take those same breaks.
One non-smoking employee at Piala Inc. marketing firm in Japan, decided enough was enough, and sent in a complaint to his manager. He claimed that productivity went down whenever smoke breaks were taken, since so many people were out of the office.
"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 spokesperson for the company said.
In Japan, smoking is extremely ingrained in the culture, with over 20% of citizens smoking. Compared to the United States of America's rate of 15%. Piala Inc. decided to do something about the problem in their work place, with the hopes of changing the overall culture, as well.
Employees who do not smoke will receive an extra six days of vacation time, which is a reward for not taking breaks at work, and also for not choosing the bad habit.
"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion," CEO Takao Asuka told Kyodo News.
The incentive seems to be working, as 42 employees have already kicked the smoking habit. One man says he went from smoking a pack a day to completely quitting. The new vacation time will allow him to take time off to play tennis.
Some people think this is a good idea.
While others don't see the point.
What do you think about this new policy?