Workplaces strive to provide a healthy and safe environment for their environment. Integrating quit-smoking programs into the workplace setting is a perfect fit, and there are so many benefits! Here are a few:
- Improved employee health: Employee health is an invaluable resource. Investing in employee health is beneficial as a healthy staff is a very important asset.
- Increased productivity: Non-smokers take fewer sick days and fewer breaks.
- Enhanced job satisfaction: When employees are healthy, there is an improvement in their morale and overall quality of work.
- Better corporate image: Employers who offer cessation support show they care about their employees’ health and well being. It also portrays a positive corporate image.
The Smokers’ Helpline offers a variety of programs, materials, and tools to workplaces. We make it easy and convenient to support employees with living smokefree.
- Individualized quit-smoking services for each employee through the Smokers’ Helpline (over-the-phone, email, text, online)
- CARE Referral Program to connect employees with personalized Helpline services to help them quit
- Group counselling programs (available on site or via webinar)- a 4-week program, led by a facilitator. Employees receive information, tips & resources to help with developing their own quit plan, along with valuable support from their coworkers.
- Resource materials
- Information sessions & displays
- Training opportunities – contact us or join our e-network to learn more
- Engaging social media content to share with your network to promote smoking cessation- follow us on Facebook & Twitter
Here are some extra tips to consider:
Promoting messages about quitting
Some ways to incorporate messages about quitting smoking into your workplace:
- Inform employees about the advantages of living smoke free.
- Utilize workplace communication tools and promote the CARE Program via newsletters; bulletin boards; email/intranet; mailouts; booth displays; employee health and wellness fairs.
- Have a designated person in the workplace who oversees quit-smoking initiative. This may be: Occupation health nurses, Employee assistance program coordinator, Occupational health and safety committee members, Wellness consultants, Human resources advisers, Health and wellness educators, Union representatives, or any other leader with an interest in promoting the available supports.
Download this guide from Health Canada which provides comprehensive information on setting up effective, supportive quit-smoking programs in the workplace, along with tools such as checklists & handouts to guide employers and employees through the process:
“Smoking Cessation in the Workplace: A guide to helping your employees quit smoking”
or request a copy from the Helpline.
Connect with us for more information.