Company’s Offer Giving Non-Smoking Employees Extra Vacation Days Has The Internet Abuzz 😮

A company in Japan, Piala Inc., is offering non-smokers extra vacation days after an employee complained about smoke breaks disrupting productivity.

To make up the additional time, the company will give six extra days of paid time off to non-smokers.

Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesperson for the company 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.”

Upon hearing of the complaint, CEO Takao Asuka calculated that the 15-minute breaks averaged out to six days worth of time.

He says of the policy:

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion.”

Matsushima added:

“Those quick smoke breaks some employees take for a few minutes at a time throughout the day add up, giving them extra time outside of the office than nonsmoking employees.”

This debate has been lingering around social media for some time. 

Many felt a break is a break and what you do is your business on your time.

Enjoy those extra days, non-smokers!