Heartbreak hotel

Feb 29 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

You've perhaps heard the expression "home is where the heart is"; in Japan, it might also be found in the workplace! A quick blurb on NPR reports that a Japanese cosmetics firm is giving employees time off for a pretty unique reason.

In a move that would make most American or HR personnel fall out of their chairs laughing, an unnamed Japanese cosmetics company is actually giving employees one to three work days off for "heartbreak leave". Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention if this applies to married couples divorcing, dating couples breaking up, gay couples separating, etc.

Nevertheless, it is somewhat humorous that one could get such time off – how do you go about proving it? What happens to the active person who has 3 or 4 "dates" – does only one breakup qualify? What if all three found out at the same time? Do you get three to nine days off?

Certainly getting dumped or dumping is hardly a good time, but to stretch it to getting actual work time off… well, it sounds like one of those weird benefits/perks that companies offer to get you to work for them!