Smokers are puffing away productivity, finds study of 500
HR Editorial, March 08, 2012
Smokers working in UK offices waste up to five weeks per year taking cigarette breaks, according to a study of more than 500 staff.
The research, conducted by electronic cigarette retailer ECigaretteDirect.co.uk, found 30% of those polled spent more than an hour each day getting a nicotine hit.
This equates to more than half a working day per week or 200 hours - or five typical working weeks - per year.
More than half (56%) of those surveyed said they spent between 20 to 60 minutes each day smoking, with 13% taking less than 20 minutes for their cigarette breaks.
The poll also found the actual number of cigarettes consumed during working hours varied widely, with the majority of smokers (41%) puffing away on between 10 and 20 cigarettes a day.
Just under one fifth of smokers (17%) consumed between 20-30 a day, another fifth puffed on between five and ten cigarettes, with 8% working their way through more than 30.