Breaking an addiction to nicotine isn't easy, but employers are uniquely positioned to encourage and help their employees quit smoking. Research shows that helping an employee quit smoking provides a great return on investment in lower health care and workers’ compensation costs and increased productivity. With COVID-19, there’s also never been a better time to quit smoking.
As we’ve been barraged with news about COVID-19, the uncertainty of the economy, the job market, and questionable plans on school openings, we’ve entered a highly stressful period in many people’s lives. When faced with problems that are out of our control, it can be difficult to manage the stress that comes with them.
The practice of meditation and mindfulness is one method people use to cope with these feelings. More employers are beginning to offer resources related to meditation and other ways of caring for our behavioral health and the physical side-effects of stress.