If your place of business allows smoke breaks in the building, here’s something to think about: a recent study reveals that compared to workers who don’t smoke, employees who sneak out for quick puffs work four less hours every week.
22 days of cigarette breaks a year
The study, which was conducted by UK company Voucher Codes Pro, says that on average, smokers who take cigarette breaks spend a total of 45 minutes away from work every day. That means in one year, the average employed smoker uses up to 22 working days for cigarette breaks, something which employers certainly wouldn’t be happy about.
Another consequence of employees taking smoke breaks is that it generates resentment among non-smoking employees, who see that smokers are allowed to smoke beyond their appropriate break times while they continue to work.
Then again, there are now workplaces that enforce actual smoking bans, making it even harder for smokers to sneak out for a cigarette break. In a world that is seeing a decline in the number of smokers, it’s only logical for employers to actually make their workplaces no-smoking areas. Smoking is hazardous to your health, and according to the survey, for one’s productivity too, so a smoking ban makes perfect sense.
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