Lately, I’ve been conducting an extensive analysis of the advisory practices that I work with; looking for trends and correlations between various management strategies, employee behaviors and the ultimate success of the firms that employ people. One trend recently jumped out at me even though I wasn’t looking for it: Literally, all the top employees in my client firms are smokers. Not 80%, or 90%, but all of them. And I think I’ve figured out why that is.
Now don’t get me wrong here: I’m not suggesting that employees start smoking to become more productive, nor that owner/advisors target smokers in their recruiting. That would be dumb. In fact, recent studies by the Dept. of the Navy show smokers tend to be less healthy than their non-smoking peers, and consequently, miss a lot more work. So I don’t believe that my smokers are better workers because they smoke.