Out there on the bleeding edge of employee benefit offerings, Japanese firm Hime & Company has announced its plans to provide employees with "heartache leave". According to an article in the Economic Times (India), and timed to coincide with February's "season of love", the Tokyo based company offers those who've broken up with a partner:
- One day off per year for those younger than 24
- Two days off per year for those 25 to 29
- Three days off per year for those over 30
Interesting to note the underlying assumption about the resiliency of those of us over 30.
The company's CEO Miki Hiradati had this to say about the new benefit:
Not everyone needs to take maternity leave, but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick.