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How can we cut down on employees' smoke breaks?

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Question: How many cigarette breaks are too many cigarette breaks in an eight-hour workday? I think we need a smoke break policy of some kind, if only to keep productivity up. (Maybe we could even keep health care costs down!) Do any readers have such a policy? What unforeseen issues might come up if we crack down?—Anna, Miami


We allow all employees working a full day to take two fifteen minute breaks. If they choose to use them to smoke, so be it.
Smokers get no additional time at company expense.

I work for a large hospital and we went smoke free around a year ago. The company did offer help thru our employee health's dept and lots of employees were upset but we can't keep everyone happy. We have other hospital and supermarkets that went smoke free after my company did. Th...(register to read more)

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