In implementing a smoke-free policy, employers may potentially encounter resistance from employees which may lead to high rate of non-compliance cases. For most people, smoking is a great way to ease stress from work or to simply keep them going through a long working day. This is primarily the reason why smoking is a predominant activity of many employees.
However, any resistance on the part of employees may be combated by properly educating them on the benefits of no smoking. So when you roll out your smoking policy, you must be able to answer this million-dollar question: “What’s in it for you and your employees?
What’s in it for you?
Employees might actually have a difficult time implementing a smoke-free policy but doing so will let them enjoy a more productive, profitable and safer business.
- Compliance – This must be one of the major benefits of having a smoke-free workplace. Currently, there are several Oz smoke-free legislations that employers need to comply with. And when you are compliant, you save yourself from undue penalties. You also increase safety in your workplace which prevents you from losing money due to employee accidents and causes your employees to be more productive. All these will in turn, produce more profits for your business.
- Clear Business Policies – Implementing a well-documented smoke-free policy will help you inform your employees about their responsibilities and limitations while working for your company. For instance, you can impose disciplinary actions for non-compliance cases knowing that it is stated in your policy.
- Improve Employee Morale – Employees will also benefit from your smoke-free policy. Consequently, they’d positively cooperate in fostering a healthier working environment.
- Positive Corporate Image –When you are compliant with OH&S laws, you are building a good impression in front of your employees, customers and regulating bodies.
What's in it for your employees?
Employees will equally benefit from your smoke-free policy. It will not only promote a good working environment for them but a healthy well-being as well.
- Reduce health-related problems – Smokers are more susceptible to stroke attacks and other cardiovascular diseases such as lung cancer. Having a smoke-free workplace will help your smoking employees control their smoking habits and your non-smoking employees develop diseases from exposure to second-hand smoke.
- Safer working environment – lighted cigarette causes ignition when in contact with flammable materials. Hence, it is important that you provide sufficient no smoking signs across your work facilities to reinforce your no smoking policy.
- Supportive Environment for those who want to quit smoking – For all you know, many of your employees have been struggling to quit smoking. And they are likely to quit smoking in a workplace that is absolutely smoke-free.
Implementing a smoke-free workplace might seemed to be difficult at first, but in the long run, it will prove that employers and employees will both benefit from healthier, safer environment.