UK company offers extra leave days to non-smoking employees

UK company offers extra leave days to non-smoking employees
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A UK company is rewarding its non-smoking staff by giving them an extra four days annual leave.

 KCJ Training and Employment Solutions posted its new initiative on Facebook in early January.

"Cheeky cigarette breaks are a common feature of all office environments so as of right now all of our non-smoking office staff have been given an extra 4 days holiday per year," it wrote. 

"We're proud to incentivise our staff to quit smoking and to create a healthy workplace within our KCJ offices."

Managing director of KCJ told the Swindon Advertiser he thought the workplace seemed unfair.

"I was watching the employees that smoke. They have four, five, even 10 cigarettes a day and take around 10 minutes outside each time," said Don Bryden. 

"I looked at the other guys during these breaks and they're always on the phones, typing away and trying to do their work so I thought they should be compensated."

For smoking employees who want the extra days off, Bryden says they have to show they are committed to quitting.

"If they can give up smoking for 12 months, I'll give them the extra four days."