Going on from my last post about workplace smoking and associated productivity losses, this post examines the cost of the more innocuous workplace indulgence, the consumption of coffee and its impact on workplace productivity losses.
Consider the following:
- The worker annnounces coffee run, gets orders and takes money – 10 min
- The worker drives to the coffee shop/outlet – 10 min
- The worker waits to place the order – 5 min
- The worker waits for the coffee to be made – 20 min
- The worker drives back to workplace – 10 min
- The worker distributes the coffee, calculates and gives change – 10 min
- The worker drinks in own coffee – 10 min
- Workers drink their own coffee – 10x 10min
And if this is done twice a day.
The cost to the employer for this little exercise? $45,500 per annum.
It has been suggested that for every employee in the US that smokes costs his or her employer about $6,000 per annum more than their non-smoking counterparts.
In my Australian workplace, a smoker taking 10 cigarette breaks per day at 10 minutes per break, on top of rostered meal breaks, cost this employer approximately $13,000 per annum in lost productivity – assuming an hourly rate of $30 and 260 days at work per year.
A study published in the US journal “Tobacco Control”, absences due to sickness, reduced productivity, smoking breaks and additional health care costs contribute to the bulk of the additional costs.
Employers in the US have begun charging their workers higher premiums for health insurance, or have begun hiring only non-smokers in a move to reduce operating costs.