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Japanese firm offers 'heartache leave' for staff

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 28, 2008 in Lifestyle
A Japanese firm is offering special leave for its staff who suffered heartbreak. It wants to give them day or two off to cry themselves out before coming back to work. Senior staff will get more paid time off.
Hime & Company, a Tokyo-based marketing company will give paid time leave for its employees who suffer a bad break-up. The “heartache leave” will be more for the older staff.
The company sells cosmetics and other goods targeting women. They say "heartache leave" allows staff to cry themselves out and they return to work with new energy.
CEO Miki Hiradate told Reuters:"Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick."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.
Hiradate said the reason for this disparity in leave was because women in their 20s will find love quickly, whereas women in their 30s have a tougher time finding their next love, and breakups are more serious. Hence they need a longer “heartache leave.”
Will two or three days be sufficient to recover from a breakup? The company thinks so. The company currently has six women working as full-time employees. I guess they just need to hope not all of them suffer heartbreak at the same time.
In addition to "heartache leave," the company also offers "sales shopping leave” so employees can leave work and go to their favorite department stores if a special sale is on.
In my opinion, the Japanese are lucky. It will take years or forever before concepts like this get any traction in the North America.
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