This company provides its non-smoking staff with extra paid leave


If you've ever found yourself narrowing your eyes at colleagues who pop out of the office once an hour for a quick ciggie break, this one's for you.

A marketing firm in Japan have tapped into this sense of workplace discontentment, and provided their non-smoking staff with six extra days of holidays a year to counteract the time taken by smoking staff.

As of September, Piala Inc have provided more than a working week's paid leave to non-smokers, due to the fact that the firm operates from the 29th floor of a Tokyo building meaning that each cigarette break costs the company at least 15 minutes in productivity.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, explained; "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."

"Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate," he added.

In addition to restoring equilibrium among the company's non-smokers, the company's CEO, Takao Asuka, hopes that the introduction of paid leave will act as an incentive for smoking staff to quit.

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