Helping Employees Kick Their Own Butts
By this time of year, New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside. But if stopping smoking is on your current list of resolutions, it may be a perfect match with the priorities of your employer. According to the results of an employer survey published by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), organizations are increasingly providing smoking cessation support and services to their employees.
Nearly 60% of participating organizations have smoking policies. And for those with smoking policies, nearly half of these employers offer smoking cessation programs for their employees. Some of these programs include individual counseling, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), other cessation medications, and group counseling, among others.
Some employers even offer financial incentives to stop smoking. These incentives can include health and life insurance discounts for non-smokers and/or participants in smoking cessations programs.
By providing a range of resources and support to help employees kick the habit, employers not only demonstrate their commitment to a healthy workplace, they also promote well-being in all aspects of their employees' lives.
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