Workers across the country feel like they’re missing out on breaks because they don’t smoke, according to a new survey conducted by Flavour Boss. The research revealed that many think a short ‘fresh air break’ for those who don’t smoke would benefit employee productivity, morale, and health.
80% of people admitted they don’t find it fair that some workers are allowed breaks over others, and 58% agreed with the idea of getting a fresh air break. While it can help give workers are better sense of equality and reduce the appeal of smoking, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. A main criticism of letting everyone take breaks is that it causes greater workplace disruption. Some workers, particularly those in HR and administrative positions are likely to work through their lunch breaks because of their workloads, and taking time out of the office could lead to less work being done.
Studies have shown, however, that taking short breaks can lead to a more overall productive workplace, as it reduces mental fatigue and increases focus among staff. Despite this, the logistics seem to get in the way for many. While plenty of offices have accommodated for smokers, with designated smoking areas, letting workers just flood into the car parks or streets may not be suitable for all workplaces, and letting them spend time in smoking areas could do more damage than good.
One solution could be in-office vaping, according to Flavour Boss. Currently, vaping is considered to be 95% safer than traditional smoking according to Public Health England, and currently doesn’t seem to show any side effects for passive smokers. Plenty of employers aren’t ready to bring smoking back indoors after the 10 years since the ban.