Company Is Giving Non-Smoking Employees Extra Paid Vacation Time

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Every office has that guy or a girl who literally spend more time moping around than doing their jobs. It's always something – a coffee break, a bathroom break, a mandatory chit-chat in the hallway, a couple of extra minutes lingering by the copier, and ultimately, of course, a cigarette break. It really adds up.

But if you come to think of it, most of these are harmless and either humanly impossible to avoid or improve the overall working environment. But having a cigarette – smoking one is said to cut 10 minutes from your life – how is that not frowned upon?! People are literally going to give you dirtier looks if you take another five minutes to finish lunch than if you're constantly in and out having cigs.

One company in Japan, however, is adopting a new policy to show their non-smoking employees it cares about their dedication to work, and encourage its smokers to quit. According to CNN Money, "Piala, a Tokyo-based marketing firm, has started giving non-smoking employees six additional paid days off a year."

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A spokesperson for Piala, Hiratoka Matsushima, told CNN the company doesn't want to 'punish' its smoking employees, but it wanted to find a "win-win situation" where both parties would be happy and compensated for the time they spent working.

"Without doing anything, their vacation increases by six days."

The initiative started after an employee complained that his colleagues "spend about 15 minutes each for a cigarette break," which was largely caused by the fact that Piala's offices are on the 29th floor so it takes time to get all the way down. When accounted for, the company found its workers would spend as much as 40 minutes away from their desks each day. A pretty significant waste of resources.

Bustle points out that since rolling out the new policy in September, 120 employees took advantage of it. According to Piala's CEO, Takao Asuka, his goal was to "encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion," and it seems to be working!