Have you ever felt like smokers are getting a free ride at work on their smoke breaks? It's a beautiful day outside, and they're out their socializing with fellow smokers multiple times out of the day. They must kill what, an hour a day out there?  It was such a thing that Family Guy dedicated an entire episode to the smoke break. Does it bother you? Would you like to be rewarded for not smoking? Take it up with HR, there's a new program which shows it might work!

According to the Telegraph, Tokyo’s Piala Inc. now gives its non-smoking staff six extra days of paid holidays annually after they complained about the firm’s smoking policy. "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.

Does it encourage workers to stop smoking? Yes! A number have stopped smoking, due in part to the program. Plus, almost 1/4 of the non smoking staff have taken advantage of the extra days off.

Should companies in the United States adopt this policy?




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