Don Bryden of KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Stratton, Wiltshire noticed employees who smoked took up to 10 minutes for each cigarette. Some of whom took ten breaks a day.
A training company boss has given smokers an incentive to try and kick the habit – by rewarding non-smokers with an extra four days of annual leave.
Managing director Don Bryden said that he noticed his employees who smoke can spend up to an hour each day taking cigarette breaks.
Meanwhile, the non-smokers in the office remained at their desks, continuing with their work.
Mr Bryden, who runs logistics firm KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Stratton, near Swindon, Wiltshire, decided to start the new year with a radical new policy.
He said: ‘I was watching the employees that smoke. They have four, five or even 10 cigarettes a day and take around 10 minutes outside each time.
‘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.
‘Last year, I saw something on social media suggesting that workers who don’t smoke should have an extra four days off.
‘Everyone was saying it was a great idea but nobody said they would actually do it, so I came into work at the start of January feeling generous and told everyone we would kick it off.
‘I haven’t seen any other business in Swindon do this so let’s start something, it’s only right and well overdue and hopefully it will encourage other companies to do the same.’
Mr Bryden added: ‘Funnily enough, when I made the announcement some of the workers said they weren’t going to smoke any more, but it doesn’t work like that.
‘If they can give up smoking for 12 months, I’ll give them the extra four days.’
Employees looking for the extra holiday will have to have ceased smoking for more than a year
Krzystof Krzywozeka, has worked at KCJ for just over six months and does not smoke, said he was ‘quite surprised’ by the new policy.
He said: ‘Don had mentioned it a few weeks ago but I thought he was just suggesting it and nothing would happen, but then he decided to actually do it..
‘It’s absolutely amazing, I think it’s a great idea and it could motivate people to quit smoking.’
Mr Bryden added: ‘I’ve worked for recruitment for national and private businesses for 20 years and, a lot of the time, you get used and abused and you just become a number.
‘I’m trying to give something back to the staff, little incentives to encourage them.
‘We took all our staff and their partners to Spain for a long weekend, quad biking and whitewater rafting, and we had an awards ceremony for them later that year.
‘It may not make the business more profitable but it has created loyalty and a positive mindset and the feeling of being a family. The team is very motivated,’ he said.