BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- If you are in Japan
working in a company called Himes & Company, you can have a "heartache
leave" if you feel frustrated over the ending of a relationship.
This Tokyo company latest employee benefit sets a new
standard for employer compassion. Their lovelorn staff can take paid time off
after a bad break-up with a partner.
"Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with
heartbreak, everyone needs time off, " said Miki Hiradate, chief executive of
Its workers 24 and younger can take one full day of
heartbreak leave per year, while those 25-29 get two days and those 30 and
"Women in their twenties can find their next love
quickly, but it's tougher for women in their thirties, and their break-ups tend
to be more serious," Hiradate added.
The company also made the news by instituting paid
sales shopping leaves, giving employees four morning off per year to shop.
"Before, women could take half-days off to go to
sales, but you'd have to hide your shopping bags in lockers by the train
station," Hiradate said.
"But with paid leave, we don't have to feel guilty
about bringing our shopping bags to work, and we can enjoy the best part about
sales shopping - talking about our purchases afterwards."