London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 12, 2009 -- Most people have heard of 'duvet days' and even Christmas shopping leave. Now some businesses are introducing 'Botox leave' in a bid to deter employees from taking sick leave for their pre-party beauty treatments.
Cosmetic surgery provider, The Harley Medical Group has reported that enquiries for Botox treatments have increased by 21% over the last six weeks, and has noted that a number of businesses have introduced 'Botox leave' to cope with increase demand from their staff looking to take time off for beauty sessions. Businesses have introduced two hours leave to ensure staff can make their annual appointment for the Â£210 jab with their Botox Doctor without taking unauthorized leave.
Recruitment company, Blue Skies, said; "Companies are right to be inventive with their incentives. Although 'Botox leave' is certainly quirky, if people are adopting this incentive there is obviously a call for it. In the current market, giving people time off for endeavours that suit their lifestyles can be a cost effective way of incentivising staff if budgets do not stretch to other more obvious benefits".
Liz Dale, Director at The Harley Medical Group said; "Enquiries for Botox increased rapidly in November and December as people want to look their best for the Christmas parties. We think 'Botox leave' is an interesting incentive to offer employees and have seen a number of patients particularly in our Chester, City and London clinics who have been granted time away from the office for their injections."
Stephen Fox, Managing Director of Fox Kalomaski, the marketing and advertising agency, commented; "We noticed a demand amongst our staff for a day off in the run up to Christmas to not only pick up their Christmas gifts, but also to make appointments for their hairdressing, beauty and particularly Botox treatments. We now offer all staff a day's leave in December and have unofficially called this day "Botox Leave" because we've heard rumours that this is what people do with this day - to make sure they're looking their best for the Christmas party photos".