This company prohibits smoking for people working from home

Working from home? No smoking!
Nomura Holding, a smoke-free finance company
Will teleworkers be watched so that they do not smoke?
Smokers in the office are worse off
45 minutes if you want to smoke
Stink-free
The eternal grievance for non-smokers
How many smoke in Japan?
A declining habit but ...
Freedom or health?
Reduce the number of smokers
A far-reaching restriction
Good bye, Smoking Room
Working from home? No smoking!

It is true that smoking is a bad habit for health but, as long as it is legal, it is not altogether clear that a company can ban nicotine for its employees. Yet, that's exactly what a Japanese company has begun to do. It states that those who telework, can not smoke in their own home.

Nomura Holding, a smoke-free finance company

According to the Financial Times, Nomura Holding wants to eradicate smoking among its workers and has developed a plan that includes closing the smoking rooms in its offices and also banning the habit for those who work from home.

Will teleworkers be watched so that they do not smoke?

The question is: how will Nomura ensure that his employees do not smoke at home while they are working?
It won't. The company admits that their ban is no more than an honour system. The company's main philosophy is that there should be no differences between those who go to the office and those who work at home.

 

Smokers in the office are worse off

Employees at the office actually face the toughest situation. For lack of smoking rooms, they will have to go outside. However, in cities like Tokyo there are serious restrictions on smoking on the sidewalks. So perhaps the best thing is to give up the toxic habit.

 

45 minutes if you want to smoke

In addition, the Financial Times reports, it will longer be allowed to take a short (say, 10-minute) break for smoking. Instead, the breaks will have to be... 45 minutes! Time that, of course, the employee will have to make up.

Stink-free

And why 45 minutes? It is estimated that this is the amount of time it takes for the worker to be able to return from their break without brining smoke or bad odours with them into the office.

The eternal grievance for non-smokers

In many companies, smoking breaks have been controversial. Colleagues who do not smoke may see it as unfair, extra free time for the smokers thanks to their addiction.

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"Intrusive" measure

On the other hand, some Nimura employees have told the Financial Times that they consider the ban on smoking at home to be "intrusive."

 

How many smoke in Japan?

Japan has a large smoking population: an estimated 30 million people. It's controversial for a company to want to interfere with that habit.

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A declining habit but ...

As in many other countries, Japan has drastically decreased the number of smokers since the 1990s. Restaurants, arcades and public areas, including some sidewalks in big cities, are often smoke-free. Still, Japan continues to be a heavy consumer.

Freedom or health?

The restriction imposed by Nomura comes at a time that another big issue of health and personal freedom is dominating workspaces around the world: that of vaccination against COVID-19. Can a company require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the collective health of its work force?

Reduce the number of smokers

According to the Financial Times, Nomura wants to reduce the percentage of employees who smoke. They currently represent 20% of the workforce. The company aspires to 12% by 2025.

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A far-reaching restriction

Other Japanese companies have also taken anti-smoking measures, but none of them has yet gone as far as to prohibit smoking in the home.

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Good bye, Smoking Room

Whatever happens with this particular case, the smoking room is disappearing from Japanese companies. That in itself is a far-reaching change for the modern work floor.

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