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Japanese Company Rewards Non-Smokers With Extra Paid Offs

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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