Connect with us

The Outside World

Japanese Company Rewards Non-Smokers With Extra Paid Offs

Published

on

Piala, Inc., a Tokyo-based advertising and marketing support company has introduced a new initiative for helping workers to quit smoking. They are giving employees who are non-smokers six extra days of paid leave.

The new company policy was introduced last September and is meant to reward non-smoking staff for breaks that are not consumed. Employees of the company, which is headquartered on the 29th floor of Yebisu Garden Place Tower, need to go down the basement for smoke breaks, taking roughly 15 minutes each time.

The Telegraph covered the story with spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima saying, “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 continued.

Since the policy was enacted, about 30 workers of the 120 employees have taken advantage of the new perk. This great company initiative has also contributed to at least four people kicking the habit.

Because cigarette and tobacco products are cheap, a large percentage of the Japanese population smoke cigarette or tobacco products. A survey, conducted by the World Health Organization, estimates that around 21.7% of Japanese adults pick up the habit of smoking. The rates are even higher among the male population and those in their later years.

The company’s new policy is not only an ingenious way to protecting their employee’s overall wellness, but it’s a good way of eliminating the consequences of secondhand smoke to non-smokers. This move also helps motivate smokers to kick off the habit.

Piala Inc. CEO, Takao Asuka said: “I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion.”

The initiative to reward non-puffing employees is seen to be a good move as more and more Japanese companies will increase efforts to put employee health one of their top agendas.

The Outside World

‘Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake’ Set For A 2020 Release?

Horror game fans simply can't get enough of the Resident Evil 2 remake. Developed by Capcom, the game reunites you with Leon and Claire with a fresh new coat of paint. Now, another game in the franchise is looking to get the same treatment. A Nemesis For Us All There are talks of a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake being...

Published

on

Continue Reading

The Outside World

Neverland Ranch is Back On The Market: Take A Look Around the Amusement Park

Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Monica, California, the almost 3,000 acre plot of land upon which Neverland Ranch was constructed has recently been placed back on the market. Nowadays, the one-time residence of international pop sensation Michael Jackson is going by a new name: Sycamore Valley Ranch. Much of the estate is as it was during the 15 years Jackson called it his home, except for a few glaring differences – namely, the removal of the fun-fair rides that gave the home its whimsical name Neverland Ranch. The very last vestiges of where the carousel once spun are still visible as you go through the grounds. Read on for an in-depth view of the ranch.

Published

on

Continue Reading

The Outside World

Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ Set To Return Thanks To Neil Gaiman

As the creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson provided children with countless memories for generations. It's almost impossible to find one person that wasn't enamored with his colorful characters. One author is looking to revive one of his most beloved programs for the small screen. It's Story Time Neil Gaiman has unveiled plans to revive Henson's The Storyteller. For Gaiman,...

Published

on

Continue Reading