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Give up smoking and get more leave says Japan firm

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:16

Smokers are being given an extra reason to quit at one Japanese company. As David Pollard reports, non-smoking employees are being rewarded with an extra six days of paid leave on top of their annual allotment.

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They've already been banished outside by their smoking habit. Now staff at Piala in Tokyo have been dealt another blow. They won't be getting as much leave as their non-smoking colleagues (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) EMPLOYEE OF JAPANESE MARKETING COMPANY PIALA WHO QUIT SMOKING, SHUN SHINBABA, SAYING: "I've been wanting to quit for a while, but never really had a reason to. Now I get extra leave, I have managed to." Non-smokers will get an extra six days paid leave on top of their annual allocation but only after they've been smoke free for a year. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) HUMAN RESOURCE SUBMANAGER OF JAPANESE MARKETING COMPANY PIALA, MINA KATAOKA, SAYING: "We have a suggestion box for people to write messages to our boss anonymously, and many complained about the length of break-time smokers had compared with non-smokers. That's what triggered this policy." More than third of the 120 staff at the marketing firm smoke. And Japan ranks bottom of worldwide anti-smoking league tables. But there's one person who won't be changing his habits. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 74-YEAR-OLD COMPANY OWNER AND SMOKER, KEIICHI ASHIDA, SAYING: "People who don't smoke also spend time chatting, especially to other non-smokers. So, I don't agree that non-smokers work harder." There are other critics too - the work ethic in Japan means many don't take their leave entitlement anyway.

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Give up smoking and get more leave says Japan firm

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:16