I don’t think a broken heart can really kill you, but in Japan it can at least get you some time off work.
Management at a marketing company in Tokyo is offering employees paid time-off after a bad break-up with a partner. The older the employees are, the more “heartache leave” they can get. Staff aged 24 or younger can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off, and those older than 30 can take three days off.
The CEO says that not everyone needs to take maternity leave for example, but lots of people have their heart broken. And, when they do, this gives them a chance to get better, just like when they get sick.
This same company also gives staff paid time off twice a year as “sales shopping leave” so they can go hunt for bargains during peak sales seasons. They say they know that the workers will sneak out anyway to do it - either calling in sick or taking long lunches - so they may as well give them the excused time-off to do it. Well, isn’t that nice?
I wasn’t surprised when I found out that all the employees at this company are women. I don’t mean to be sexist, but I don’t know many men who would call in sick to work because they broke up with their girlfriend.
But then I don’t know many women who would do it either. If you’re serious about your job, you don’t let heartbreak or store bargains keep you from doing your work.
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