Many organizations have decided to make their workplace and campus “Smoke Free”. Although employers know this is best, it can be challenging.Most people are aware of the dangers of smoking – they don’t need a lecture. Restricting people from a habit, like smoking, has negative connotations. What if we flip the card? Highlighting the positive aspects of the policy may make it more palatable to people. These are a few tips to make the transition easier.
- Call it a Smoke Free Workplace. Don’t define it with words like “No Smoking” or “Not Allowed”. Semantics can change people’s attitudes. It’s a simple way to create positivity.
- Use Visuals – Signs- that are pleasing, not punishing. Although there are some requirements for signage, all the signage doesn’t need to be harsh.
- Communicate by explaining the benefits of a Smoke Free workplace. Statements like “We care about your health and your coworkers health” are positive. Statements like “Don’t smoke because it’s bad for you” are very negative.
- Offer information about Smoking Cessation programs. Have your Health Insurance Representative, or a Health organization speak to your employees. Sometimes hearing the facts from an authority can help.