It is best to consult with an attorney regarding this protected class, so you do not violate any labor law. After all, you only want what's best for your company.
Here's why you should not hire smoking employees. They can negatively impact:
1. The Performance and Productivity
As a business owner, you want everybody to work as a team and finish their work fast and accomplish a lot during the working hours. For smokers, they would need a smoking break several times while in the workplace.
If you are in a rush of doing something, the number of your employees would be reduced, depending on how many smokers you have.
2. The Working Relationship Between Smoking And Non-Smoking Employees
If your smoking employees have a habit of trashing the break room just to have a quick hit, it will cause some friction with other employees. The non-smokers would lecture the smokers about this habit, and the smokers would defend what they are doing.
You surely don't want to have your employees spending their time arguing with one another, do you?
3. The Relationship Between Managers And Employees
The trainers, managers, and other superiors will face more challenges when dealing with smoking employees.
Some likely verbal scenes are; "It has been 25 minutes since John took a break." "Jessica has had two breaks already, and it is still not lunch time yet!" "Do you need to go again now?"
4. The Workplace Itself
If you have employees who smoke, most likely, some parts of your workplace are going to be filled with smoke or the smell of it. The break room is particularly the most affected area of it all. Also, there would be cigarettes butts somewhere on the floor.
The Rule Of Thumb
While it is your prerogative to hire or not to hire smokers in your company, you may implement a no-smoking agreement or set some rules about smoking time, if you choose to do so.
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