TORONTO -- A U.K. recruitment company has enacted a new company-wide policy that sees non-smoking staff given four extra days of annual leave or vacation per year.
KCJ Training & Employment Solutions stated in a Facebook post dated Jan. 2 that they were “proud to incentivize” their staff to quit smoking and to “create a healthy workplace” within their offices.
By his own rough calculations, Bryden said that smokers who take several smoke breaks a day, five days a week, can potentially add up to 16-and-a-quarter work days of smoking a year – and so he enacted this new policy to compensate workers who don’t partake and to incentivize employees to be healthier.
“I noticed some of our non-smoking guys were sitting there working without taking any breaks, and some of our smokers having two, three, four, five cigarettes a day,” Bryden said.
“Whatever I can do to incentivize a healthier workplace, I’ll do it,” he said, adding that he hopes his example will inspire other businesses to look into the practice.