A marketing firm in Japan have tapped into this sense of workplace discontentment, and provided their non-smoking staff with six extra days of holidays a year to counteract the time taken by smoking staff.
The problem seemed to be that the company's head office is on the 29th floor of an office block in the Ebisu district of Tokyo, and anyone wanting a cigarette had to go to the basement level, with each smoking break lasting around the aforementioned 15 minute mark.
"Our director saw the notification and agreed that non-smokers should receive extra time in compensation", added the Japanese.
It's also hoped that the new policy will help smokers quit.
Jason O'Callaghan, founder of The D4 Clinic in Dublin which specialises in stop smoking therapy, says Irish companies should follow the lead taken by some businesses in Japan who offer the incentive to their employees.
He claimed the scheme has encouraged four people to give up smoking, so it looks like this company may be onto something.
In July, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike made plans ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The World Health Organisation places the country at the bottom of the list when it comes to anti-smoking law, and it's estimated that 18 per cent of Japanese people smoke.
While these sorts of measures are likely to face opposition from smokers (it doesn't matter where you are, smokers don't like being penalised for their habit), it's a good thing.
The firm is giving its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time off smokers take for cigarette breaks, reports The Independent.
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