A number of companies in Japan have granted their workers an extra number of vacation days to non-smokers to compensate for the smoke breaks that they do not take.
While smoke breaks take around five to ten minutes, a break or two will eventually add up. Moreover, Japan’s is engorged in its own smoking culture, with around 20,000,000 people presumed to be smokers within one of the world’s largest tobacco markets.
In what started as a simple thought in the company suggestion box, Japanese companies eventually ended up rewarding non-smoking employees with six extra paid leave days for their work. Piala Inc CEO Takao Asuka opted for such a measure to “encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion.”
What would YOU choose? Smoke breaks or paid vacation days?