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Smoking and its effect on the workforce

You don’t need an expert to tell you that smoking is bad for your health. However, one thing you perhaps didn’t realise is the impact it has on the work place. It affects everything from little things such as increased breaks, to larger things, like long term health.

According to national data, 18% of adults in England smoke. Studies suggest that smokers can take between 1-2.7 more sick days off per year than not smokers. Furthermore, there are 136 hours of lost productivity per smoking employee – that’s £1522 in wasted wages – each year. It’s pretty clear to see that smoking is not only harmful to your employees, but also to your businesses.

However, many people who struggle with this addiction have said that they would find free information on quitting smoking very useful – a total of 71 %.

What you may find even more surprising is that 67% would also like their employers to promote campaigns such as Stoptober and No Smoking day.

It can be slightly overwhelming at first knowing where to start – which is where Wrightway Health come in.

Wrightway Health specialise in supporting an early interventionist approach to sickness management. This means you are able to engage with sickness issues from a much earlier stage, which will prove to be an invaluable tool in combating the overall disruption to your business.

For more information, speak to one of our experts on 01603 274460.


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