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.

See: communication

Please note: this initiative was previously known as Workplaces for Wellness. For a short period, many resources will still refer to Workplaces for Wellness.