How do we get this implemented in South Africa?
Tokyo, Japan – Hey non-smokers, congratulations, you get more vacations days! Well, at least in Japan you do!
According to The Telegraph, Piala Inc., a marketing firm in Tokyo, decided to make a change after non-smoking workers complained that they were working more hours than their smoking counterparts
The company in Japan decided to do something about smokers after a non-smoking employee submitted a complaint to the company suggestion box about how smoke brakes affected productivity. The marketing firm decided to make a change to its’ paid time off policy by granting nonsmoking staff an additional six days off each year, to make up for the time smoker take on cigarette breaks.
“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.
Since the new policy was put in place, no less than 30 of the 120 workers have taken the extra days off and encouraged four to give up smoking, reports The Telegraph.
“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion”, Takao Asuka, the Piala Inc CEO, told Kyodo News.
But the real question is, how do we get this implemented in South Africa?