A company in Japan is rewarding non-smokers with an extra week of paid vacation, or six days to be exact.
Piala Inc, a marketing firm based in Tokyo, has implemented this new policy not for health reasons, but because non-smokers work longer hours than smokers. According to their calculations, smokers take at least 15 minutes per break, and they take a few breaks per day. Apparently, over a year, this adds up to six working days.
The new policy was conceived after non-smokers at the company complained about the inequity, and CEO Takao Asuka decided this was the fairest thing to do.
One thing you can always rely on in Japan is punctuality, so much so that a train line sent out an official apology this week for leaving a station 20 seconds early. No, not minutes, but seconds. The Tsukuba Express line – which travels between Tokyo and Tsukuba – regrettably left a station at 9:44:20, […]
Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, came up with a boarding method that greatly speeds up the traditional back-to-front boarding method used by most airlines. But the airlines aren’t interested.
Server farms generate so much heat that they have to run air conditioning year round. That requires energy, which costs money and tends to mean burning more fossil fuels. Meanwhile, in winter, a lot of houses are cold. The people who live there have to turn on the heat, which costs money and tends to […]
Raspberry Pi is one of the world’s most versatile open-source computers. Alexa is a home automation hub with limitless potential. Together, they’re a dream team for ambitious makers, opening the door to everything from automatic lights to voice-controlled robots. Learning Raspberry Pi is meant to be relatively easy for newbies, but its applications with Alexa […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]