Non-Smoking Employees Gain Compensation

Non-Smoking Employees Gain Compensation

A company in Japan has hit upon a novel idea of keeping their employees happy. The company is giving an extra six days holiday as compensation, to employees in the company who do not smoke.

Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc., has their office on the 29th floor of a commercial building. Any employee who wants to have a smoke has to go to the basement of the building, that ends in a fifteen-minute break. This led non-smoking employees to become resentful of the breaks taken by colleagues who smoke.

A non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box stating that smoking breaks were causing problems in productivity. The company's CEO Takao Asuka became aware of the complaint and decided to grant six extra days of paid leave to the non-smoking employees."We are giving them extra time off to compensate," said Mr. Asuka. He added that he preferred  employees to quit smoking through incentives, rather than penalties or coercion.

Japan has initiated and implemented strict laws and regulations on smoking, and an increasing number of companies are taking the initiative to curb smoking, which is permitted in most bars and restaurants. Last year, Tokyo had imposed strict anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.