Our working lives are constantly changing - but one company's controversial decision about smoke breaks has the whole internet talking this week.

Work is a huge part of many people's lives.

But taking breaks is also key!

Flexibility is becoming more and more common ...

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It doesn't take a genius to figure out that working more flexibly will be mentally and physically more beneficial to employees.

Studies have shown vast improvements from a flexible schedule.

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A trial in New Zealand found a twenty percent increase in productivity and a decrease in stress levels among the employees of a finance company after switching to a 4-day working week.

Tell your boss, the stats don't lie...

And the same amount of work still gets completed!


The peak in productivity meant that staff were still able to get 5 days worth of work done in just 4. This is all looking very promising...

And if the past year has taught us anything ...

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It's that the work from home life is manageable for many of us.

Taking breaks is obviously an important part of the work-life balance.

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But there's been one issue plaguing workers for years.

Many smokers enjoy extra breaks throughout the day.


Which non smokers find seriously unfair.

A survey by Halo Cigs shows smokers spend about twenty minutes having smoke breaks.

Portcullis is one of the first companies in the UK to implement these working hours, and it doesn't look like they'll be the last.

Over a year, that can add up to about twenty days!

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81.2% of smokers think smoke breaks are fair, while only 25.2% of nonsmokers agree.

Following the survey, Japanese company Piala Inc. has offered non-smokers a bonus.

6 vacation days to make up for smokers' cigarette breaks!

They told the Telegraph: "One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems."


"Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate."

What do you think about the decision?