E-cigarettes in the workplace. It’s an ongoing discussion. Why? Because smoking in the workplace is obviously a no-go, and vaping allows for more productivity during work, without needing excessive smoke-breaks. So, do e-cigs in the workplace boost productivity, or do they hinder it?
All work environments are different. Not everyone is aware of the differences between smoking and vaping. Many employers and managing personnel are not fond of their workers needing constant time-outs to smoke. Furthermore, smokers carry certain stigma that do not classify them as the healthiest of employees.
Where is this going? Well, the concept of vaping in the office is an argument split down the middle. Some see it as a beneficial advent, enabling smokers to “smoke” without causing a scene, annoying anyone with the smell of smoke, while enabling them to get more work done without needing to exit to light up as often as necessary.
On the other hand, many employers are not yet willing to allow an all-day vaping free-for-all. Because there has been no regulation regarding e-cigarettes, to outright say they are safe for indoor usage, and do not expose those nearby to anything, not allowing on the job vaping is a safer position to take.
So, can e-cigs up productivity? Yes. For example, smokers are often fixated on their next cigarette. In times of stress, as often comes within the territory of working, smokers want a cigarette. In moments of concentration, smokers want a cigarette to boost it. During mid-day slump, smokers want a cigarette. See where this is going? All those mini-breaks equate to smoking employees needing another option to stay on task, and get things done. Vaping in the workplace solves it.
At the moment, some employers may not have the ability to allow vaping on the job, even if they want to due to liability. However, if you are interested in opening up a dialogue with your workplace on the subject, start with educating on electronic cigarette usage. The more awareness people have, the more acceptance can build. While this is generally a new area of discussion, hopefully it will be the accepted norm in time.