Smoking at work costs employers untold amounts of money and time. Not to mention how it impacts moral and the engagement of other employees.
It reminds me of a time when I was in the Coast Guard, and stationed on a ship in Boston. One day I was making my rounds and a young seaman that worked for me was sitting outside, not working, and enjoying the sun shining on his face. Puzzled, I asked him what he was doing, he was one of my best workers - a real leader, and so it was odd seeing him sit there. He said he was on a 'smoke break'. This was odd as well, because I knew he didn't smoke. He told me that he was tired of his peers taking impromptu smoking breaks, standing around and not getting anything done. So, out of frustration, he decided to take a break as well. This was a hard-working and engaged employee was put off by the added 'perks' of being a smoker. 'Gabby' was his nick name and he told me that he added it up once and that his work group lost about 20% productivity because of all the smoke breaks.
Bottom line - If you think your non-smoking employees are okay with your smoking employees, you a probably wrong.
BMH has smoking cessation plans for corporate clients that are interested in helping employees stop smoking. If this sounds like a good option for your organization, please contact BMH and we'll set up a free consultation.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.