This Company Gives Nonsmoker Employees Extra Time Off

This Company Gives Nonsmoker Employees Extra Time Off

This Company Gives Nonsmoker Employees Extra Time Off

Some employees smoke several times a day hence the company decided that since most of the conversations during the session were work-related, the company chose to offer non-smokers extra holidays in place of taking action against the smokers. Because of the distance, each break lasts around 15 minutes, and according to employees, that adds up quickly.

"The danger is that firms shouldn't appear to be punishing employees who smoke, but instead work hard to help them quit", he told The Memo. Marketing firm Piala Inc introduced the new policy in September after staff expressed frustration that some colleagues were on constant smoke breaks.

"He pointed out substantive daily work hours are different between smokers who leave their desks frequently and nonsmokers", Matsushima wrote in an email. The situation was compounded by the fact that smokers often ventured down from the company's office on the 29th floor to a smoking area in the basement.

The rift between smokers and non-smokers about the smoking breaks is very normal in every organisation.

It's notable that it's a Japanese company leading the way: around 35% of Pilia employees smoke, as does almost 22% of the country's population - one of the highest rates in the world.

"One of our nonsmoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems", Hirotaka Matsushma, a representative for Piala Inc., told The Telegraph.

However, it's unclear whether those results would translate directly to Japan where 21.7 percent of Japanese adults smoke. But most restaurants and bars still allow smoking, at least in some areas.

As you can see in the photo below, public spaces in Japan are eerily reminiscent of what US customers might have encountered before statewide bans took off in the mid-1990s. But the Japanese government is facing global pressure to cut down on public smoking before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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