1. Management and staff support
It is vital to gain management support for your smoke-free workplace policy and consult all employees (smokers and non-smokers) and other interested groups.
This will allow you to address any concerns, make employees feel involved and develop an effective policy.
Here are some key ways to start the process:
- Survey all employees confidentially to gauge the prevalence of smoking in your workplace and identify the main issues. Data you might gather includes:
- The number of smokers in your workplace
- The amount of smoking breaks employees take
- Places where smoking takes place on or close to site
- Suggestions for policy rules, such as 100% no smoking on site or designated smoking areas
- Ideas on helping smokers to quit
- Write up the survey findings and develop a smoke-free workplace proposal to be tabled at a management and employee meeting.
- Establish a working group of management and employees to support the development of a smoke-free workplace policy.
See the 5 steps to workplace wellness for more information about gaining management support for workplace wellness programs in general.
You can also use the Healthy People Survey to get a comprehensive picture of the health and wellbeing of your employees.