This Japanese Company Rewards Non-Smokers With 6 Extra Days Off

Have you ever thought about quitting smoking? Or maybe you are a non-smoker all too keen on that colleague that gets up every hour for a smoke break. You should tell him/her to join Piala Inc., a Tokyo-based company that has given their non-smoking employees an extra six days of holiday every year as an incentive to quit smoking.

The policy was introduced in September after a company spokesman, Hirotaka Matsushima, received a letter from a non-smoking employee reporting that long smoke breaks were creating some productivity issues in the workplace. The main office, located in the Ebisu district of Tokyo, made smoke breaks long endeavors as each employee had to get up and down 29 flights of stairs, taking 15 minutes or longer for each break.

To improve productivity and motivate his employers to quit smoking, CEO Takao Asuka has declared that all non-smoking staff members will receive extra vacation days.

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” Asuka declared in an interview with Kyodo News. A report from The World Health Organization states that 18.2 percent of Japanese adults smoke (the percentage is higher among males and older generations).

Since the policy launched, 30 out of 120 employees have already taken advantage of the extra vacation days. The company’s incentive has also encouraged four people to quit smoking.

So, what do you think? Will this kind of incentive help smokers beat their habit once and for all? Would you join a company that offers an extra six days of vacation for not smoking? Let us know in the comments below.

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Takao Asuka, CEO of the Piala Inc. company, has decided to give extra holidays for non-smoking staff members

Japanese working people taking smoking breaks at ourdoor smoking lounge
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In the company’s suggestion box, a non-smoking staff member left a letter that stated smoking breaks were creating problems in the workplace

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Smokers need at least a 15 min break for each cigarette as they must go down 29 floors.

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CEO Takao Asuka states 30 out of 120 employees of the company have taken advantage of the incentive since the policy launched

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He believes that this policy will encourage rather than penalize employees

Takao Asuka, CEO of Pialainc delivering speech against smoking

The company’s vacation incentive has encouraged four people to quit smoking

Takao Asuka CEO of Piala Inc. with his employees

The internet had a lot to say about the news

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