Does smoking reduce productivity at work? What effects does this have on our job performance apart from affecting our health?
Those who do smoke might think that they are doing well in their job. They could be thinking like this because of the temporary stimulating effects of smoking. While smoking stimulates our brain and thus encourages in doing some wonderful activities but it is not the same in the long run. It can have short term stimulating effects. But those are not really important for an average worker.
Two independent studies done in Sweden and United States reveal the same thing: smoking affects our productivity at work.
The study done in the U.S. Navy suggests that it has its effects of poor performance which is consistent, demotion instead of promotion and other non-honorable discharges. While the Swedish study on workers suggests that smokers take more number of sick days or about eight more days, than the non-smoker annually.
Smoking was related with disabilities, decreased job performance, reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, and taking long work breaks too often. This was shown by both the studies for both civilians and also military people. The fact that there are a higher number of people smoking in military is what causes the US department of defense to concentrate on the effects of smoking.
The studies suggest that smokers take more leaves consistently than non-smokers and even though they to do their best with the stimulating effects, they end up in taking long breaks thus reducing productivity in the long run.