Smoking breaks have been a bone of contention in workplaces up and down the country for decades.
The argument put forward by non-smokers is a valid one: why should someone be given time off outside of their lunch hour to do something that is detrimental to their health?
Research has even shown that around three in every five non-smokers would actually be in favour of receiving fresh-air breaks when their smoking colleagues go out for a quick snout. But a much simpler solution could be on offer and it’s one that could benefit smokers and non-smokers alike.
A Japanese company called Piala Inc. has introduced a new scheme that gives non-smoking workers up to six days’ extra holiday time. These six days supposedly equate to the amount of work they end up doing in the time their smoking colleagues spend making themselves smelly and ill.
That might seem like an excessive amount of time, but think about it this way: most companies have now banned smoking on work premises. That means the average smoker takes around 15 minutes per fag.
Say they smoke four a day, that equates to an hour of wasted work time. Or 5 hours a week or 20 hours a month. All told, it’s pretty much a month a year in wasted work time.
And what better way to incentivise people to quit? Stop smoking at work and you can have an extra six days off to do as you please. You might even want to smoke for those six days, but loaded really wouldn’t recommend it.
It’s a bold idea perhaps, but it’s definitely the best on offer and one that has benefits for non-smokers and those looking for an incentive to quit – if the idea of becoming gravely ill isn’t enough, of course.