Company gives non-smokers extra paid leave to make up for smokers' breaks
A Japanese company is giving non-smoking workers up to six extra days of holidays to make up for the extra work they do while smoking employees take cigarette breaks.
A non-smoking employee came up with the idea and put it in the suggestion box of Tokyo-based company Piala Inc, according to the Telegraph.
The marketing company introduced the scheme in September after it was discovered that it took smokers 15 minutes to take each smoke break.
The company's offices are on the 29th floor and employees have to go all the way to the basement to light up.
The scheme, which has so far seen 25 per cent of the company's staff take extra days off, is also hoped to encourage smokers to quit.
So far, four smokers already have, and it is hoped more will follow.
"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Takao Asuka, the Piala Inc CEO, is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.