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  • Smoking break vs Time in lieu
  • Premier Icon grtdkad
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    This is amazing, though about time really. Time does add up!

    Swindon firm gives non-smokers extra holiday

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51091430

    Premier Icon Kuco
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    I read last year a company in Japan gives its non smokers extra holiday.

    Premier Icon grtdkad
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    Yup. That’s what this firm has done.

    Four days holiday though, assuming that smokers take three x 10minute ciggy breaks per day.

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    It’s been a source of some considerable irritation to me, when I’d be getting nagged for taking a couple of minutes too long over my mid-morning or afternoon break, and I’d see other staff, including supervisors, bunking off for ten minutes every hour or so for a fag, standing around in a little group outside.
    If they can take maybe an hour every day for fag breaks, on top of their other tea/coffee and lunch breaks, why can’t I?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    people should not be sneaking off for fags. Official breaks only. In quiet times ( occasional!) at my work if the smokers go out the non smokers stop for a cuppa.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    i started standing outside with a tin of beer. It was deemed confrontational. I then started drinking alcohol free beer next to the vapers in the office. Again viewed as ‘not helpful”.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It used to drive me crazy, then the colleague that was doing it too often got his wrists slapped, and instead we all had to deal with his withdrawal symptoms.

    Premier Icon breatheeasy
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    We counted one of the worst offenders one day – 14 ciggy breaks of about 15 mins each in one day! (didn’t last long after that once the managers realised).

    I like the option that its rewarding non-smoking, rather than the other way around.

    Premier Icon richardkennerley
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    I don’t understand this. I’ve never worked anywhere where you can go for a smoke break. If it’s a day shift, you get a morning break, a lunch break and an afternoon break. You either smoke during these breaks or not. Simple really.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Wait until they give time in lieu for not visiting here.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I don’t understand this. I’ve never worked anywhere where you can go for a smoke break. If it’s a day shift, you get a morning break, a lunch break and an afternoon break.

    Many jobs don’t provide specified morning, lunch and afternoon breaks, so people tend to take lunch and just make a cuppa whenever. Smokers also tend to pop out whenever, sometimes for bloody ages at my place.

    I’m possibly the only person who takes a full hour every day for lunch though.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    As an ex-smoker, I can tell you my efficiency would plummet rapidly after an hour without smoking.

    In fact, health and safety tells us office workers we should take 5 minutes every hour to rest our eyes – seems a perfect opportunity…

    There is also the assumption that you stop working the moment you leave your desk (and that everyone else is working while sat at theirs…) Depends on your line of work of course, but more often than not I’d be stood outside working through something in my head, and walk back through the door with a solution to whatever I was working on.

    All in all, I don’t really get why it irritates people so much.

    Premier Icon grtdkad
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    Just don’t think everyone is quite as diligent as you though Butcher.

    Premier Icon binners
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    Every time I read one of these regular threads I want to start smoking again.

    I do still vape, but I think I may start doing 20 Bensons a day again, nipping out for one every hour

    Premier Icon FB-ATB
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    we should take 5 minutes every hour to rest our eyes

    Break from the screen, not a break from working!

    Must admit, one company I worked at we found out more what was going on elsewhere in the company from our department’s smoker and his contacts on cig breaks!

    Premier Icon GolfChick
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    As a woman who has chosen not to have children, I am of the belief that after working for a company for a couple of years I should be given extra holidays to offset the fact I won’t have maternity leave….. ever! Unlike a woman who I worked with before who had three children while working for the company.

    Premier Icon binners
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    Surely smokers deserve their breaks?

    They pay a lot more tax and generally die a lot younger, saving the taxpayer any costs at Sleepy Meadows home for the terminally bewildered

    You should stop persecuting them and show a bit of gratitude

    Premier Icon Drac
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    In fact, health and safety tells us office workers we should take 5 minutes every hour to rest our eyes – seems a perfect opportunity…

    No, it doesn’t.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    No, it doesn’t.

    “short, frequent breaks are more satisfactory than occasional, longer breaks: e.g., a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes continuous screen and/or keyboard work is likely to be better than a 15 minute break every 2 hours;”

    https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/vdubreaks.htm

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Screen break not a break from work.

    ‘Every employer shall so plan the activities of users at work in his undertaking that their daily work on display screen equipment is periodically interrupted by such breaks or changes of activity as reduce their workload at that equipment.’

    informal breaks, that is time spent not viewing the screen (e.g. on other tasks), appear from study evidence to be more effective in relieving visual fatigue than formal rest breaks

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    people should not be sneaking off for fags. Official breaks only. In quiet times ( occasional!)

    That’s the kind of attitude that my work place cannot tolerate.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    In fact, health and safety tells us office workers we should take 5 minutes every hour to rest our eyes – seems a perfect opportunity…

    It does, so long as you afford non-smokers regular “not-smoking breaks” also. Totally with you on the ‘thinking time,’ I’ve done some of my best work whilst driving to / from work or having a poo. It’s when smokers get extra breaks over non-smokers to feed their habit that it becomes problematic.

    Premier Icon yourguitarhero
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    In an old workplace, me and the lady I sat next to went for a 5 min walk round the office every hour. Helped stretch legs and gave us a chance to talk over work away from the computers.
    Boss was cool with it

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    Not a smoker but I don’t think I like this.

    I mean, I would take the extra holiday but I suppose they’d make me stop whining and crapping on for, oh, ten minutes three times a day or so about how positively awful smoking is

    Next, feeling all superior’ll become a taxable benefit and then I’ll be ****

    Premier Icon ta11pau1
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    “short, frequent breaks are more satisfactory than occasional, longer breaks: e.g., a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes continuous screen and/or keyboard work is likely to be better than a 15 minute break every 2 hours;”

    https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/vdubreaks.htm

    Guidance for VDU breaks. VDU = Visual display unit = computer screen.

    ‘Every employer shall so plan the activities of users at work in his undertaking that their daily work on display screen equipment is periodically interrupted by such breaks or changes of activity as reduce their workload at that equipment.’

    The guidance states:
    In most tasks, natural breaks or pauses occur as a consequence of the inherent organisation of the work. Whenever possible, jobs at display screens should be designed to consist of a mix of screen-based and non screen-based work to prevent fatigue and to vary visual and mental demands. Where the job unavoidably contains spells of intensive display screen work (whether using the keyboard or input device, reading the screen, or a mixture of the two), these should be broken up by periods of non-intensive, non-display screen work. Where work cannot be so organised, e.g. in jobs requiring only data or text entry requiring sustained attention and concentration, deliberate breaks or pauses must be introduced.

    Basically if you’re in a normal office job, the nature of the work will involve going to the printer, going to see Dave in engineering, going a meeting etc etc. i.e. being away from your desk for some activities. However, if you work in a job like a call centre or IT servicedesk where you’re required to be at your desk for long periods of time with no choice to get away from your desk, you should have pre-arranged breaks, normally a 15 min morning and 15 min afternoon break.

    I applaude the extra holiday given, yeah there will be some people who ‘work’ during fag and vape breaks – be that networking, talking about work/projects etc but lets face it, the majority of smoke breaks are probably spent slagging off sarah in accounting. 😀

    Premier Icon kerley
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    All depends where you work and how you work. I am lucky that I don’t have to account for every minute of my time and can go for a break whenever I want, have an extended lunch, have no lunch, leave early, leave late etc,.
    Others in the same company, say on the helpdesk, have strict breaks as described above.

    The smoking part is irrelevant as long as everybody doing the same job has the same number of breaks. Maybe look at internet for 5 minutes, maybe read the paper, look at phone etc,.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    All depends where you work and how you work.

    True.

    Facetime and Skype have broken the boundaries of fixed time meetings and out of hours no contact.

    I too have a dislike of smokers taking a few mins off too, but I do think those that I know who do it are far more productive because of the breaks. Like most of us, we choose to apply ourselves when we feel comfortable in our place of work, less comfortable when there are restrictions and backward looking work time practices.

    IMO

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    and out of hours no contact.

    Anyone who allows work to contact them “out of hours” without being paid is letting their workplace make them work for free

    work is work, home is home, never mix the two.

    IMO

    Premier Icon poah
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    I wouldn’t employ smokers to start with

    Premier Icon binners
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    SMOKERIST!!!!

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I wouldn’t employ smokers to start with

    Oooh! Get mr controversial.

    Anyone he refuses to let work contact them out of hours just being awkward. IMO

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Or is protective about his home life and does not want to work for free. Unless of course they are paying you on call. Get a phone call from work half way thru your rest period it resets the clock. 11 hours rest between shifts. so finish work at 5. Due in at 8am. Phone call at 11 pm means the 11 hour clock is reset and you cannot legally go to work until 10am

    These laws are there to protect you.

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    I’d like to see them implement this at my workplace, especially as some of my colleagues take the piss; having a smoke break 5 minutes before morning break, doing the same before the lunchtime break and having a final fag 15 minutes before home time.

    I get some of the time back by taking at least one porcelain cruise every day.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    Screen break not a break from work.

    As I say. Just because you’re away from your desk, does not necessarily mean you’re not working.

    It does, so long as you afford non-smokers regular “not-smoking breaks” also. Totally with you on the ‘thinking time,’ I’ve done some of my best work whilst driving to / from work or having a poo. It’s when smokers get extra breaks over non-smokers to feed their habit that it becomes problematic.

    Our office has games consoles, pool table, etc… You’re encouraged to go and have a game at any time.

    I do see the problem. Particularly with manual labour and jobs where output depends on the completion of repetitive tasks. Though in my experience, those are generally the jobs that enforce very strict timekeeping and set breaks anyway.

    When your job consists of a lot of mental stimulation, regular breaks are essential in my opinion. Now as a non-smoker, on a busy day, I’ll often zone out for a few minutes every hour, have something of a micro-rest, and bang, back to work. Otherwise I’m just exhausted.

    I’d wager phone/internet use is a much bigger problem. How many people complaining about the smokers are typing this at work?

    Premier Icon boomerlives
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    I should be given extra holidays to offset the fact I won’t have maternity leave….. ever!

    Neither will I, being male.

    When can I take my extra holidays?

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Going back to the original point, what do we think is actually the thinking behind this?

    – Attempt to reward non-smokers?
    – Punishing smokers?
    – Encouraging smokers to become non-smokers?
    – Getting people to think about work breaks?
    – Getting publicity for company?
    – Several or all of the above?
    – Something else?

    Any thoughts?

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Treating everyone equally regardless of whether they smoke or not?

    Premier Icon DezB
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    – Attempt to reward non-smokers?
    – Encouraging smokers to become non-smokers?

    From reading what the boss man says it’s those 2.

    Only thing that bugs me about smoking policy at my place, is the outside smoking bench is in the nicest location. Only bugs me in the summer, when I like to have lunch outside, of course.
    Oh and the ashtray stink that one bloke brings back in with him. Pongy bastard. Apart from that, I’m as unproductive as they are, if not worse 😆

    Premier Icon trailwagger
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    What about those that sit on the crapper for 20 minutes at a time? That’s 78 hours a year they are getting away with not working. If I can push one out in 3 minutes can I have an extra 4 days holiday?

    Premier Icon northernmatt
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    work is work, home is home, never mix the two.

    This x1 million. Work boss tried calling me a few times one evening. Got the hump when I didn’t answer. Told him to f-off, I stop working at 5pm, if I’m at home I’m not at work.

    As for the smoking thing. I am in the midst of giving up, not having that 5 mins break every couple of hours is killing me a little bit. I guess if I enjoyed my work that would be different but it just means I’m spending more time sat in an office with people I don’t like doing a job I hate.

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