Those who smoke have to hide Employees not, but neither colleagues nor superiors approve of her vice. Are smokers really lazier than others or do they even do better? How do you deal with the topic? 7 tips.

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Smoker vs. Non smoking - who works more efficiently?

Smokers versus non-smokers - not only in cafés, bars and inns a tough fight. Because even if most offices are already smoke-free zones, there is another one at work Problem:

Who actually works more efficiently? Smoker, because the breaks help to concentrate better afterwards or non-smokers, just because they take less breaks? Or are smokers even lazier?

Are smokers lazy?

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On the subject prevails fast bad air, because quite a few non-smokers are convinced that their smoking colleagues work less than they do because they take more breaks. Three out of ten employees, on the other hand, believe that smokers are even more productive because they take more breaks.

Many employers therefore give employees fixed breaks to avoid too frequent smoke timeouts. After all, people should still be working!

Non smoking: Sour on the colleagues?

Of course, there are also surveys on the subject – how representative these are is another matter: one Online-Survey of, for example, 502 employees and 116 employers took part. The result: Employers seem to smoke at the Workplace found unproductive. And every second employee believes that colleagues who smoke work less.

A good 47 percent of the employees surveyed agree for sure: Smokers work less because they spend less time at work. Another ten percent are the Opinions, that the friends of nicotine do not “progress” as much, but also say that it is their right to take breaks from smoking.

Smoke pauses conducive to productivity?

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Overall, 43 percent believe that smoking breaks are actually beneficial to a person's productivity Company effect: 29 percent of employees stated that smokers were more relaxed and therefore more productive at work due to the occasional breaks.

Another 14 percent believes that smoke pauses have an important communicative function, as meetings can be done in the shortest possible way.

General smoking ban is an exception

Most employers apparently think very differently about this: because every second of the participating companies (50 percent) have fixed break times in order to avoid smoking timeouts that are too frequent. Five percent of those surveyed state that they have even issued a general smoking ban in the company.

Only a little more than a third (36 percent) of employers, on the other hand, show confidence in taking personal responsibility Time management the employee. They let employees schedule their own smoke breaks. In around every eleventh company (9 percent), employees are even free to indulge in the blue haze at their workplace.

Emotionally charged

There is no doubt that the subject of smoking is causing a great deal of emotion - this has already been seen in the debate over the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs. Why should this be different in companies?

How to do this is certainly dependent on whether you smoke yourself or not: as a convinced non-smoker, my job as an editor of two magazines of the Federal Agency for Labor has already been disturbed when the smokers regularly ran out for smoke pauses outside.

7 tips to avoid conflicts between smokers and non-smokers

But what to do about the dilemma? The Solution are crystal clear Regulate. 7 tips:

  1. If I hire someone who smokes, I would probably introduce flexible breaks for everyone.
  2. Interrupting your work regularly, even if only briefly, is considered healthy in the long term anyway. At the same time, however, the potential for conflict could be avoided because everyone would be treated equally.
  3. During breaks, employees can also hold meetings and exchange important information. Disadvantage: Non-smokers are excluded from this.
  4. Make it clear to your employer: You have a right to a break. In any case, these increase productivity.
  5. Compensate for any excess breaks by reworking and show your good will.
  6. Ideally, if you can break down the break times - according to the survey in 36 percent of companies. The majority of employers, well 50 percent, but prefers fixed breaks.
  7. You are a non-smoker and you are allowed to smoke in your office or you are a smoker and there is a general smoking ban? Think about changing jobs, you will not be happy in this business.

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