March 20, 2007 3:03am CST
I noticed last night at work that the 'smokers' at work went out for their breaks every half hour while the non-smokers were busily working without these 'breaks'. I sat busily working and as people go past me to get to the front door, I noticed they went out in 2s and 3s. All of us non-smokers sitting there working while they were gone for 10 or 15 mins having their smoke. When I have tried to take the same sort of time 'break', I'm told it's not allowed. Interesting thought.
20 Mar 07
Hookfan I, as a smoker, can totally understand how frustrating this must be for you! Although I smoke I have never taken breaks so often or so long - even now unless work is very quiet I very rarely take smoke breaks and if I do I am very quick and I will always cover my non smoking colleagues and let them sit down for a chat or whatever they may wish to take a break to do! You are right your smoking colleagues do seem to be leaving you non-smokers with the brunt of the work but have you ever seen a nicotine deprived smokers mood change? lol
20 Mar 07
I used to work for a company like that and I hated the system. First of all it was unfair. We non-smokers should have breaks too. And besides, isn't smoking dangerous to your health. So, what we did was, we had a talk with the personnel officer. We told them that the system was unfair, we were lucky that that personnel head was a non-smoker too and understood our predicament. So, they decided to schedule us on a skeletal system. And now we get breaks to but not in same time with the smokers, we wouldn't want to be inhaling their carbon dioxide. Imagine, you finally get your break but their's smoke in your eyes. We usually spend our breaks for snacks or coffe or for some to stretch.