A Japanese company has granted non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid holidays a year after they complained they were working more than staff who took time off for cigarette breaks.
The Tokyo-based business only introduced the new perk in September, but employees have already been quick to take advantage.
'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,' said Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesperson for the company.
'Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate,' he continued.
Resentment among the non-smokers grew because the company's head office is on the 29th floor of an office block in the Ebisu district of Tokyo. Anyone wanting a cigarette had to go to the basement level, with each smoking break lasting around 15 minutes.
The scheme has already encouraged four people to give up smoking, he added.
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