Stopping an individual from smoking is like pleading to deaf ears. No matter how much dangerous smoking is, a smoker will still light a cigarette despite numerous national and international campaigns he encounters on a daily basis. There are a plenty of methods which have failed to make an influence on smokers to stop them from smoking. Every year government comes up with a new campaign to persuade smokers to quit smoking but fails to create an impact.
However, a firm in Japan has come up with an out of the box idea which might push a lot of smokers to quit smoking forever.
Piala Inc. is a Japanese company based out of Tokyo is granting an extra six days of paid holidays in a year to non-smokers. The company introduced the non-smoking perk in September, and almost 30 of the company’s 120 employees have taken leave under this new rule. It seems, soon all the employees will quit smoking during office hours to avail leave.
The Piala Inc. is located on 29th floor, and anyone who goes on smoking break spends at least 15 minutes or more. This new rule came into effect when non-smoking employees took it to the organization to inform about their extra working hours than the smoking staff.
Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, said, “One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems.” Looking into the mater, CEO agreed to give compensation to non-smokers. As a result, the company is giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate the loss.
Takao Asuka, CEO of the Piala Inc. commented that he hopes to encourage the employee to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties.
P.S. – Let’s see if this works out!