Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Japanese Companies Give Non-Smokers 6 Days Extra Leave. Boss, Are You Listening?

Japanese Companies Give Non-Smokers 6 Days Extra Leave. Boss, Are You Listening?

"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. To date, no fewer than 30 of the company's 120 employees have taken additional days off under the new system since it was introduced in September, said Matsushima - himself a non-smoker who has used the additional paid holidays to take his family to a hot spring resort for a couple of days.

Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company, chose to kick-start the programme after an employee complained about the time lost work by smoking colleagues.

"You don't hear much about the two pack three pack a day smokers anymore", Billoni said, "because without being able to smoke all day long at work it's physically impossible to have that many cigarettes".

The company's office is located on the 29 floor, as per a report from The Telegraph, this means employee take an extra 10-15 minutes to return.

The change in company policy is meant to encourage staff to quit smoking.

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He said the policy was installed as a benefit for nonsmokers to compensate for smoking breaks taken by their colleagues.

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

According to the World Health Organization, 21.7 percent of Japanese smoke. But most restaurants and bars still allow smoking, at least in some areas.

The scheme has encouraged four people to give up smoking. Smoking remains part of the culture and work environment in Japan, where it is common for companies to provide designated rooms for employees to smoke indoors.

In Japan, about 1 to 5 adults smoke. Almost 40 percent of men in their 30s smoke, though that's down from more than half in 2001, according to government figures. The figure is expected to change as the government has been putting effort to impose tougher anti-smoking laws ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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