A company from Tokyo, Japan, decided to give a special reward to some of its employees, and encourage them to continue with their healthy behavior. The reward consists of six extra free days, and those who can receive it are the ones who are not smokers.
Non-smokers get more free days in Japan
Piala Inc., a marketing company with its headquarters in Tokyo, is always listening to the suggestions made by its employees. Therefore, when one of them proposed free days for those who don’t smoke, the executives took him seriously, and even thought this was a great idea. This way, the non-smokers now have six extra free days per week.
The suggestion didn’t come as a way to persecute smokers, as the one who proposed it, a non-smoker, wanted fair treatment. He pointed out that his smoking colleagues take cigarette breaks quite often, and they usually spend at least 15 minutes away.
They have to descend from the 29th floor where their offices are placed, and go to a designated smoking place in the basement. In the end, they get about 40 minutes they spend every day going on cigarette breaks. This way, they spend less time working, while the non-smoking employees need to stay there and go on with their jobs.
This is a great motivation for people to quit smoking
The company’s executives had to admit this was true, but they didn’t want to take measures against smokers. Therefore, the wisest choice was to reward those who spend more time actually working, and giving them six more free days per year. Also, they hoped some smokers might get motivated to quit, thus improving both their work performance and their health.
From all 120 employees, 30 were liable to receive the free days. Also, since the company enforced this reward, four others have decided to quit smoking. More free days are a great motivation boost in a country like Japan, since it occupies the second-to-last place when it comes to vacation days.
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