The Cost of Having a Fag
A recent study by the London School of Economics discovered that smokers cost British business a stunning £2.1bn – half of which is attributed to “fag breaks” and half to smoking-related sickness. Some businesses are trying to tackle smoking directly, encouraging staff to quit smoking entirely. Most local authorities have advised initiatives to help you with this.
Also don’t forget that smokers have no automatic right to a fag break. However banning smoking entirely may prove counterproductive – those addicted to nicotine may lose concentration if they don’t get their regular fix, and there is some evidence that short breaks can even increase worker productivity. It’s also worth considering the impact on other workers of permitting smoking breaks – if it is only smokers who get additional breaks, that can breed resentment amongst non-smoking colleagues. Make sure you have a clear policy about cigarette breaks – you might want to consider allowing smokers say three breaks of 5 minutes during the working day and as a result reducing their lunch hour to 45 minutes to make up the time.