Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Nap In Exchange For Your Smoking Breaks Seems Fair To Me

Sometimes, I wish I smoked. Because smokers don’t have to work as hard, and that makes me jealous.

Smokers get AT LEAST two hours every day that they get paid to not work. Seriously you guys, I’ve done the math on this. At any given moment, many smokers at this facility are 5 minutes away from the designated smoking areas, and I’m being generous with how quickly they’re walking to said areas. So, 5 minutes to smoking area, 10 minutes to smoke, and 5 minutes back. That’s 20 minutes it takes these smokers every time they need to go out for a cigarette break. But it’s not as though they can have one and be done with it for the day. Nope, some of these people are out smoking once every hour!!! That’s 160 minutes just in daily smoke breaks!!!!

What’s with that?!

I wish I could get two hours a day to spend doing a leisurely activity and still get paid for it! (Okay, I kind of do when I play on Facebook…but let’s be realistic. Whether we’re smokers or not, we ALL have periods where we take care of personal stuff ahead of work stuff…which then just ADDS to the grand total of how much less work smokers do!!). I vote that we non-smokers get to cash in those two hours the smokers get and utilize them for a napping hour. The smokers can smoke all they want, as long as I get to enjoy my cozy bed for two more hours out of every day. I should form a Union. I bet they would support that equal trade.

12 comments:

Michael Manning said...

A great post as usual, Christie. Only 20% of the American public smokes. My late Cousin paid the ultimate price for smoking and died young.

Erin Nevicosi said...

Amen sister!

Farrah said...

Your estimate seems about right. When I worked at a big company, smokers would be gone 15 minutes out of every hour, and I'd get in trouble for making a 5 minute personal phone call (this was in 1995, before everyone had cell phones). One team I worked on had 17 people, and I think 13 of them smoked. Talk about a loss of productivity, not to mention unhealthy workers!

I'm glad I never got addicted in the very brief time I smoked.

Christi said...

I think the 20% estimate only applies if you DON'T work at Harley-Davidson. I think that estimate is more like 65% here =)

Boo to smoking.

Derek said...

COMPLETELY agree...not a month goes by where someone doesn't bring up the fact that he/she is getting annoyed at all the breaks smokers get & take. It is definitely frustrating!

Christi said...

It is! Just because you have an addiction means you can be 2 hours less productive than the rest of us, yet still get paid the same?! It's ridiculous to me.

Mentle said...

As an ex-smoker, I miss having an excuse to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. I miss having breaks that no one asked questions about. And I miss the actual smoking everytime my smoking CW comes back in from her breaks and smells like smoke (that smell still makes me nic-fit). And I also hate answering the phones for at least 30 mins a day while she's out there smoking and I have to cover her shit.

Christi said...

I still can't believe you used to smoke. Good for you for quitting =)

Mentle said...

I smoked occasionally with Kiers back in the day, and picked it up full time once I got to college. I kept it up until one day at school, April 21, 2004, I was on the phone with Vin and we both mentioned we were out of cigs. We said, "hey, lets just quit." And we did.

Christi said...

ha! I love it. Good story!

Sara said...

At my last job we brought this exact point up to my boss. A few of us were having a bad day and basically said "We'll be outside." I believe he asked why, and he said we needed a "Fresh air break." It worked that once.

That really irritates me, though.

Nosmo King said...

My company hires a lot of workers from India. These guys are CONSTANTLY smoking. I bet 75% of them smoke. What’s up with that, India?