Monday, January 28, 2008

I want to work here

I'd like to know more about the people who run this company. Kudos to them for coming up with such great time off!

Man, this would have been a nice thing many years ago. Of course, with the way I handle very traumatic breakups, I'd need one week off. Then again, I think crying for a day or two would be fine but getting back to work would be better as it takes the mind off dwelling on negative and crazy thoughts.

The one thing I wonder is whether this reflects negatively in the eyes of the boss for taking such a day off? There are definitely some bosses who wouldn't be so sympathetic.

Japanese firm offers "heartache leave" for staff
Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:51pm GMT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Lovelorn staff at a Japanese marketing company can take paid time off after a bad break-up with a partner, with more "heartache leave" on offer as they get older.

Tokyo-based Hime & Company, which also gives staff paid time off to hit the shops during sales season, says heartache leave allows staff to cry themselves out and return to work refreshed. "Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick," CEO Miki Hiradate, whose company of six women markets cosmetics and other goods targeted for women, told Reuters by telephone.

Staff aged 24 years or younger can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off and those older can take three days off, the company said.

"Women in their 20s can find their next love quickly, but it's tougher for women in their 30s, and their break-ups tend to be more serious," Hiradate said.

Hime & Company staff can also take two mornings off twice a year as "sales shopping leave", so they can race to stores to hunt for bargains.

"Before, women could take half-days off to go to sales, but you'd have to hide your shopping bags in lockers by the train station," Hiradate said.

"But with paid leave, we don't have to feel guilty about bringing our shopping bags to work, and we can enjoy the best part about sales shopping -- talking about our purchases afterwards."

(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka)

1 comment:

teahouse said...

Ha, that's awesome! I wish my old company had had that back when I broke up with my last boyfriend. I could have used about a week off!