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Company Started Giving Extra Six Days Off To Non-Smokers For A Very Valid Reason

  • By Asad Tipu
  • November 2, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

Smoking is a terrible habit that kills you slowly.

In my own life, I’ve known many smokers, and they’re aware of how dangerous it is. They’ve often tried to quit it, to no avail. It can’t be coerced, forced, or anything like that. The smoker will need to be motivated constantly to kick the habit, and one company in China knew exactly what to do.

Since the company was on the 29th floor and smoking was only allowed in the basement, it’d take at least 15 minutes for a smoke break. To compensate the non-smokers for not taking that 15 minute break regularly, they gave them six days of vacation.

Hirotaka Matsushima is a spokesman for the company and he made a statement.

“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. Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving nonsmokers some extra time off to compensate.”

The CEO of the company himself also made a statement.

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,”

They employ 120 workers, and at least 30 of them are smokers.

This policy began in September, and since then at least 4 people have kicked the habit.

The Tokyo based company Piala Inc. revolutionized a way to approach the topic.

18.2 percent of the population are smokers. More frequent in males and older generations.

The responses were very, very encouraging.

It’s an effective method.

Others had more intense views.

They should get more than just six hours, apparently.

It’s not just smokers who’re the problem, apparently.

Sounds like a crappy situation.

But there were also criticisms.

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