Why nonsmokers should get a break too

Smoke breaks can cause tensions at the workplace between those who indulge and ones who don't. Share this article

A legitimate complaint that's as old as time is that companies should offer employees a break regardless of whether they're smokers or not. If you've ever seen some co-workers bonding outside over a cigarette while you're inside working, it can feel pretty frustrating and downright unfair. Why should you be punished for not liking cigarettes? Doesn't that seem backward? Businesses should not only offer employees who don't smoke a little breather because it's fair, but they should do it because it can do some serious good for the company.

Simple happy moments
Employees who are allowed a few moments to themselves at work tend to be happier and more productive. According to Inc. magazine, personal breaks are a great way to boost employee morale. Encourage people who don't smoke cigarettes to step outside for a cup of coffee or to take a walk. When people feel more revived, they're going to do better work for you.

Employees will work harder
According to Forbes magazine, happy people equal handsome benefits. Contributor Meghan Biro claimed she can sense an unhappy workforce from the moment she walks into a company. And she knows people who aren't satisfied are typically not performing at their best. 

Promotes bottom line growth
Biro used data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the list of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For to back up her assertion. The evidence showed that companies that invested in their employees saw much more growth in revenue than others.

Fortune 100 list
Biro stated that revenues increased more than 22 percent on average for those companies that made the Fortune 100 list. Give your employees a little room to breathe and they'll be able to do more for your business. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also stated that employers can benefit from allowing employees to take a five-minute break.

5 minutes help
These quick breaks can increase concentration and work speed while lowering the risk of on-the-job accidents and soreness, stated the CDC. A five-minute break hourly isn't always doable in fast-paced industries, but it can help employees and companies. Give your employees a break but don't let them take advantage of you!

Managing break time
To be sure the break isn't "on the clock," which can lead to overtime, employers should specify the amount of time people can break, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Violators are subject to punishment by their employers, which can prevent people from getting carried away.

Consider extending break beyond smokers, so that all of your staff can have a few minutes to reboot. It can make them healthier and your company better.


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