Hime & Company, a small women-employee-only marketing firm in Tokyo is offering its staff a ‘heartache leave’ to take paid time off after a bad break-up with a partner.

Broken heart
Image courtesy of Pierangelo

“Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick,” CEO Miki Hiradate said.

Staff aged 24 years or younger can take one day off per year, while those between 25 and 29 can take two days off and those older can take three days off…

“Women in their 20s can find their next love quickly, but it’s tougher for women in their 30s, and their break-ups tend to be more serious,” Hiradate said. [Reuters]

Besides this unusual ‘heartbreak leave’, the company also offers its employees ‘sales shopping leaves’ for two mornings off twice a year so they can race to stores to hunt for bargains.

Not too many lucky ladies are enjoying the benefit though; the company has only 6 employees at the moment… I bet they are a bunch of happy 6 fellas.


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