This Company is Offering a Sweet Benefit to Non-Smokers

By: Lauren Mineau

A Japanese company is offering non-smoking employees extra paid time off as compensation for their coworkers’ smoke breaks.

Piala, Inc., a marketing firm based in Tokyo, began offering the benefit in September and employees have been quick to take advantage. The company offers an extra six paid holidays to non-smokers.

Sometime last year, office-wide resentment began as those who wanted a smoke break had to travel to the 15th floor from the 29th floor. Non-smokers began to notice how much time their colleagues spent away from their desks. Each smoke break lasted at least 15 minutes.

"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, told The Telegraph.

The CEO saw the comment and agreed to compensate non-smokers for the time. Not only is the concern remedied, but it encourages a healthier workplace. Those looking for a good reason to quit now have a pretty good incentive.