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No smoking? Swiss canton cracks down on employee cigarette breaks

From February 1st, 2020, government workers in the Swiss canton of Ticino will be required to punch a clock every time they want to have a cigarette.

No smoking? Swiss canton cracks down on employee cigarette breaks
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The move has been justified as a way of improving employee productivity, with proponents of the new law arguing that too much time is being lost to frequent employee cigarette breaks. 

Advocates also argue that non-smokers are penalised under the current system. 

Under the current law, employees are entitled to two 15-minute breaks per day. While employees will not need to punch the clock if they smoke during this time, all smoking outside these two break periods will be measured. 

The law will also see ashtrays removed from outside government buildings. 

The law will initially apply to the cantonal and governmental parliament buildings, but is set to be expanded to other government buildings throughout the canton in future. 

Fabio Badasci, from the Ticino League, said that the move was justified not only due to productivity concerns – but was needed in order to be fair to all workers. 

Badasci told Swiss news site Le Temps “continuous absences from work for smoking represent unequal treatment between smokers and non-smokers – and (result in) a loss of productivity”. 

Smoking has been forbidden in enclosed areas in Switzerland since 2010, although the country is still considered to be one of the most ‘smoke friendly’ in Europe. 

Swiss train stations only went smoke free in 2019, with the installation of airport-style smoking areas on many platforms. 

READ: Swiss train stations go 'smoke free' in 2019

An estimated 27 percent of Swiss residents smoke. 

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WORKER

Stress and burn-out rises ‘dramatically’ in Swiss workplaces

Workers in Switzerland are suffering from more stress than ever. The rate of burnout in the Swiss workplace has seen a dramatic increase since 2012, with work stoppages rising by 50 percent.

Stress and burn-out rises ‘dramatically’ in Swiss workplaces
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The Swiss government estimates that the costs of stress and burnout are roughly CHF10 billion per annum. 

Insurers Swica and PK Rück prepared a report which has shown that six out of ten cases of work stoppages can be attributed to depression or burn-out. 

The report, published in Switzerland’s NZZ am Sonntag newspaper, said that not only is burnout increasing – but that individual examples of it are lasting longer. 

A failure to invest in employees?

Roger Ritler, one of the authors of the report, said that companies were not recognising the real stress risk and making investments to counter it. 

“Many companies are not yet investing enough in prevention and support for their at-risk employees,” he said. 

Doctors were also criticised for failing to properly allow patients to be re-integrated into work, with two out of every three cases of employee re-integration after mental health-based leave resulting in the termination of employee relationships. 

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