Scrap employee fag-breaks in favour of bike-time.
I suggest that employers be encouraged to promote cycling, with time allotted at the start of the day for showering/changing, and consideration given to bike storage. The proposal could be funded by the gradual abolition of the informal smoking-break, an anachronistic convention which not only swallows significant chunks of the smoker's working day, but also prompts resentment and negative retaliatory activity (e.g. kettle-hovering, internet-skiving) in the non-smoker.
Why the contribution is important
By any respectable template, whether medical, psychological or financial, smoking is demonstrated to be bad, whereas cycling is manifestly good; it therefore seems sensible to consider whether the current balance of these two contrasting activities, with smoking being rather more popular at present, could be addressed for the benefit of all, using the workplace as an appropriate laboratory. The proposal to phase-out fag-breaks in favour of cycling-time has no chance of getting off the ground, incidentally, unless the principle is viewed as more significant than the implicit mass of financial/logistical detail.
by user166992 on January 02, 2014 at 06:56PM