Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Simpsonville, SC
We recently changed our smoking policy at work. Now you can only smoke on your clocked-out lunch breaks, off the property. Not in your car in the parkinglot (like a ton of people were doing when they first changed it).
I had mentioned it to my mom, and she said an uncle of hers or someone worked for a company that did something similar to what the above company did. Except they put notice, then got everyone who smoked into a program to help them quit and after a certain period of time, anyone who smoked (on or off property) was told to find a new job.
At first I didn't agree AT ALL, because honestly what you do at your home on your own time is YOUR business. Then she explained the logic behind it. Smokers tend to get sick more and take more sick days off, use the health insurance more, and when smoking is permitted at work they take more breaks and are less productive. Basically, it was costing him more money to have smokers work for him than it was to put them through the program and keep only nonsmokers.
I'll admit that if I worked someone for say 20 years and all of a sudden was forced out of a job for smoking, I'd be really upset. So I can go either way on this issue. But it IS up to the employer to decide who he wants working for him, because he's the one that signs the checks.
"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."