Smoking ban has gone down a treat in English officesThursday, June 26th, 2008
London, 24 June 2008 – As we approach the first anniversary of the smoking ban on 1 July 2008 it looks like it has had a positive effect in English workplaces. Monster research has shown that nearly two thirds of English workers (62%) have found that the smoking ban improved their work environment, however one in three also felt that time was wasted with co-workers/employees leaving the building for cigarette breaks.
Monster.co.uk recently asked 545 workers in England, “Has the smoking ban improved your work environment?” and the overall results revealed the following:
- 34% (187 votes) Yes but time wasted with people leaving building for cigarette break
- 28% (155 votes) Yes – the office is a much nicer place to work
- 24% (132 votes) No – very inconvenient
- 13% (71 votes) Not really as no one smoked before
While the smoking ban has had less of an effect in offices than in other public places, as many offices have banned smoking for a while, clearly it has still had an impact. Figures show that an average smoker takes six 10 minute breaks each day, which results in a loss of one hour a day per smoker, or five hours a week*. Employees who smoke are also more prone to ill health. It is in every company’s interest to encourage their employees to quit smoking by providing support and raising awareness.
* UK smoking law resource centre http://www.nosmokinglaw.co.uk
The results of the current Monster Meter are based on votes cast by Monster.co.uk visitors from 9th – 18th June 2008. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. The Monster Meter, a product of Monsterâ, the leading global online careers website and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate. Anyone interested in voting in Monster’s current online poll may do so by logging onto www.monster.co.uk
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