Friday, February 1, 2008

Japanese Firm Gives "Heartache Leave"

Japan sure is different when it comes to treatment of their employees. For example, one firm I already wrote about has a "family allowance" for pets. This other firm gives employees "heartache leave" when they break up with someone!

Of course, it is a small company - only six women. Tokyo-based Hime & Company also gives employees "shopping" time during the holidays.

"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 markets cosmetics and other goods for women, told Reuters by telephone.

Older employees get more "heartache leave," but there's a reason for that (employees 24 or younger get one day off per year, 25 - 29 get two days and those older get three days).

"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.

She said it, I didn't! I wonder if Hiradate speaks from experience?

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