‘Smoko’ breaks or extra holidays?

Published on Jan 9, 2018

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‘Smoko’ breaks or extra holidays?


Non- Smoker? How about some extra paid holidays on the house?


Would your boss provide you extra paid leave entitlements because you were a non-smoker?


A Japanese marketing firm has provided non-smoking employees 6 extra days of paid holidays.


The move came after non-smoking staff complained that smoking employees were working shorter hours due to their regular “smoking breaks”.


Albeit the sentiment of non-smoking employees might be true. The company’s Tokyo office is on the 29th floor of a skyscraper, resulting in each smoke break lasting at least 15 minutes.


The company’s chief executive Mr. Asuka told The Telegraph he hoped to implement policies that would “encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion”.


The strategy has been successful with four employees deciding to give up smoking since the policy was implemented.


Employee health and wellbeing is increasing in popularity amongst Australian businesses.


Some Australian companies offer employees incentive programs and policies to encourage  healthier lifestyles and wellness, including quit smoking programs or subsidised gym memberships


Get healthy at work


Get Healthy at Work is a NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults by giving businesses the tools, resources and support to address six health focus areas:

  • Healthy weight
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Active travel​​​
  • Smoking​
  • Harmful alcohol consumption


Regardless of the size or type of the business, Get Healthy at Work makes it easy for businesses to make positive changes for the health and wellbeing of their employees.


The program helps businesses to create a healthier working environment by addressing individual behavioural and workplace factors contributing to poor health, and supporting people to achieve their personal health goals.


There are a range of free tools, templates and resources available to help businesses make health and wellbeing a priority in their workplace. Access the range of free resources and information online at \www.gethealthyatwork.com.au.


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