About one-third of the people at the company, Piala, were smokers and stepped away from their desks during the day for cigarette breaks. To balance the scales, executives chose to offer six additional days of vacation to the roughly 70 precent of its employees who followed a smoke-free lifestyle.
Non-smokers at a Tokyo firm have been given a breath of fresh air by their employers, in the form of six days of extra annual leave.
According to the Telegraph, Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. will give all non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid leave each year because of the fact that they end up working more hours per day than their smoking peers. How?
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Non-smokers always talk about the extra time smokers take off from work, which they are deprived.
"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", he said.
"We don't give punishment for smoking", company spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima was quoted by CNN Money as saying. For Western New York, that could helpful in combating smoking as both Erie and Niagara Counties are above the state average in smokers.
In Japan, while smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars without any designated smoking area, it is banned on the streets.
Despite a downward trend in recent years in the use of tobacco products in Japan, nearly 20 percent of the population still smokes. The rate in the U.S.is 19.5 percent.
The decrease in American smokers is due in part to health initiatives and laws banning smoking in certain areas, major retailers no longer selling cigarettes and anti-smoking TV advertisements. But the Japanese government is facing worldwide pressure to cut down on public smoking before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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