Nobody will ever pretend that quitting smoking is uncomplicated. Cigarettes have been identified to be a lot more addictive than cocaine or heroine and it is notoriously challenging to stop smoking. According to Office for National Statistics figures from 2010, among British adults, 20 per cent smoke cigarettes. This might be the reason Business Environment, a British service provider, offering their employees a smoking cessation scheme to kick this bad habit.
David Saul, MD of Business Environment, stated that they launched the smoking support initiative in a bid to help their employees give up smoking and adopt healthier lifestyles.
Other than providing as much as £100 a year to its employees to spend on stop-smoking aids, the Business Environment employees will be rewarded with a £100 cheque too, if they successfully stop smoking for six months period.
“I have been a smoker for over 20 years and, in spite of looking to stop some times, I have never managed to succeed. However, once I heard about the initiative that Business Environment was offering, I thought it was a great opportunity to resist,” said Georgina Verso, an employee who has apparently been off the cigarettes for a some time now.
Paying employees to stop smoking is a very good concept. Not only is it cost-effective to organizations in the long run, but it leads to a safer working environment, healthier workers, and increased productivity at work.