by Buck Quigley - posted 12:03 pm, May 13, 2010
Are you confounded by smokers at the workplace? Do you sit around with your non-smoking friends and bitch for ten minutes about the ten-minute breaks smokers take—while all you get to do is sit at your desk, eat chips, and bitch about that clique of smokers?
As a boss, do you sit up at night thinking of newer, more degrading ways to ostracize your smoking employees?
Could be you’re just not cool. And there’s very little you can do to change that.
Click the link above to read author Joel Stein: “What I hadn’t understood was that smokers are precisely the type of people who thrive on being ostracized and banished. These aren’t the ex-football players and class presidents who fought for your approval. These are the brooding loners, the ones who — according to the teen smoking analysis found in Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” — start smoking not because they want to look cool but because it goes along with all their other self-destructive, class-cutting, early-sex, authority-flouting coolness. These are people who willingly put fire in their mouths.”