A school is Switzerland is going to “reward” it’s non-smoking staff members with an extra week’s holiday for setting a good example to pupils.
The school in Basel introduced the initiative to encourage their students not to take up smoking.
Switzerland has different laws for different territories in the country but in the Basel-Landschaft region, where the school is, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.
The Schillingsrain Schulheim institute is a highly regarded boarding school and wants to encourage their students to take interest in a healthy lifestyle.
Rather than ban staff from smoking on their breaks (as some councils in the UK are doing) they thought it would more productive to offer the extra 5 days’ holiday to those who don’t
Amanda Sandford, from Action on Smoking and Health (or ASH for short), said the idea was “a good incentive for staff to quit smoking.”
“The school will benefit too from smoking staff members taking less time off sick,” she added, “since smokers are statistically much more likely to fall ill from coughs and colds as well as more serious conditions.”
However, it looks very unlikely that the idea will take place in schools in the UK, US or Canada. On software such as ours, staff can easily see how many days of holiday they have left with our Time Off Management system.