There is a lot of controversy over the allowance of employee smoke breaks. Some employees say that the employees that smoke end up getting more smoke breaks than the employees that do not smoke. Concerns about one’s health of breathing in smoke from cigarettes is another issue that is raised. A lot of companies have concerns that if they do not provide smoke breaks than their employees will just take unauthorized breaks to go smoke. To take care of this problem companies should just provide their normal break schedule for all their employees whether they smoke or not.
By companies banning their employees from smoking can infringe on the employee’s right to of privacy. This right states “people have the right to do as they wish in their private lives” (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart & Wright, 2014). While smoking on their own time is the employees business, it still can impact the company that they work for when they are there to work. Employees who smoke usually want to have extra breaks for smoking throughout their shift. By allowing frequent designated breaks throughout the work day can allow employees to smoke while on break. Those breaks would be made available for all employees. It would not be unreasonable to allow at least two 15 to 20 minute breaks and one lunch period during a shift at work.
Another thing that companies could start to offer its employees to help them quit smoking or at least reduce the craving for cigarettes and wanting to smoke while at work would be helping their employees get a nicotine patch or gum. This is one solution that could help keep employees from taking unauthorized smoke breaks. Also having a separate smoking policy stated in the employee handbook that each employee must sign stating that they have read and understood the smoking policies that are in place would make sure make sure that employees understand what the consequences are if they break that policy....
References: Noe, R. A., Hollenbeck, J. R., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. M. (2014). Fundamentals of human resource management. (Fifth Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
Saint Francis Hospital. (2013). Patient handbook. Retrieved from http://www.stfranciscare.org/documents/PatientsAndFamilies/PatientHandbook.pdf.
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