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Company Gives Non-Smokers Compensation For Ciggie Breaks

A Japanese company has come up with a different approach to motivating employees to give up the darts.

Smokers at Piala Inc., based in Tokyo, were taking roughly 15 minutes per smoke break - and it was apparently causing problems.

“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,” Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told The Telegraph.

So, the company took an innovative tactic.

They’re giving non-smoking staff an extra six days off per year as “compensation”.

Since September, at least 30 of the company’s 120 employees have already taken advantage of the time off and, according to the company, the scheme has also encouraged at least four people to kick the habit.

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” CEO Takao Asuka told Kyodo News.

The Telegraph 

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