By the time we go back to work on Monday, the smoking ban will be in force. I would be willing to bet that many employers are still totally unprepared for it. A lot people just haven’t thought it through.
For example, do lorries, vans and company cars count as part of the workplace for the purposes of the smoking ban? And if they do, who in your company is going to tell the truck drivers that they can’t smoke in their cabs?
This podcast, put together by an employment lawyer, is easy to follow. It includes interviews with business leaders and information on how the ban was implemented in Scotland.
It’s going to make life more difficult for management consultants too. A sure-fire way to find out what was going on in a company was to send one of your team to the smokers’ room. There, everyone from directors to post-room staff mixed in a smoky, egalitarian atmosphere and exchanged gossip. Smoking rooms were a source of intelligence that will be sorely missed.
Have a great weekend and, if it’s your thing, enjoy your last fag in the pub.