I have some opinions on smoke breaks. You can view the long version here, but the general TL;DR is that they are not very good.
There’s a fair chance you’re actually reading this on your smoke break right now and wondering: why not? Well, because there are also a bunch of people who are not on smoke break, now or ever, who are presumably getting paid the same wage as you to not spend working hours smoking cigarettes and reading irreverent news articles. That’s one quite good reason.
Anyway, the excellent news is that a Japanese company has cottoned on to the fact that smoke-o’s are for jerks, and introduced some very tasty work benefits for all the non-smokers in the house.
Workers at Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. complained that colleagues were taking too long on their smoke breaks. And management responded:
“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”, said Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.”
That compensation sees non-smokers being offered an extra six days of paid leave a year. If we assume the average working day to be around eight hours, and the average smoke break around ten minutes, then this extra leave works out to be the equivalent of some 288 smoke-o’s.
It’s a nifty way of balancing the scales – and a few people have already crossed over to reap the benefits of the new system. Since the incentive was introduced in September, four of Piala’s employees have given up smoking altogether.
Source: The Independent
Feature image: Huffington Post
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