Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

Nov 03, 2017, 00:52
Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

Piala is based on the 29 floor of an office block, so smoking employees would spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes travelling to the basement floor in order to have a smoking break, with some employees taking several of these breaks during the working day.

In 2011, 19 percent of American companies imposed financial penalties on employees who smoke, according to The New York Times.

Non-smokers always talk about the extra time smokers take off from work, which they are deprived.

Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for Piala Inc., told The Telegraph, "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".

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"But at the same time, it's true that smoking room conversations are mostly about work they exchange ideas and consult each other".

Following the suggestion, the company's CEO Takao Asuka made a decision to give non-smoking employees extra time off to compensate, Matsushima added.

"Yes, it's pretty popular", said Matsushima, himself a nonsmoker.

The World Health Organisation ranks Japan at the bottom of the list in anti-smoking regulations according to the type of public places entirely smoke-free and around 18 per cent of Japanese are believed to smoke. The figure is higher among males and older generations.

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Smoking is a big part of Japan's business culture, with office buildings often offering indoor smoking rooms.

The scheme has encouraged four people to give up smoking.

In Japan, while smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars without any designated smoking area, it is banned on the streets.

The Japanese government is keen to ditch the country's reputation as a smokers haven by bringing its smoking rules in line with the majority of the developed world. India is leading at the 4 position in terms of the maximum cigarettes consumption.

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