We’ve all encountered them in the workplace at one time or another – the self-proclaimed “smokers” who unceremoniously disappear for cigarette breaks, often for long periods of time and more frequently than their designated break periods.
Have you ever stopped to consider the effect smokers have on others in the workplace?
A study published in April 2007 in the Tobacco Journal conducted on Swedish workers by Dr. Petter Lundborg, (an economist) found that in addition to taking longer, more frequent breaks, they also take an average of 11 more sick days per year than those who don’t smoke tobacco. The study suggests that policies that restrict smoking in the workplace may also increase productivity and reduce absences.
A staggering 95% of Americans (Smokers and Non smokers alike) now support policies that ban smoking in the workplace or otherwise restrict it to designated areas with proper ventilation. Prohibition can have immediate positive impacts. In Utah where smoking in the workplace is restricted in as much has 83% of the workforce, productivity and attendance have increased measurably.
If you are a leader who is looking to increase productivity in your office space that is dealing with a Smoking Problem, We can help. Hypnosis has a long and positive history helping people quit smoking. Our practice offers reduced rates for corporate offices. Help us partner with you to make positive changes in your business today.