Arthur (47) Knows How To Quit Smoking

I have been working in construction for many years. I am a specialist in interior finishing. I am paid by piecework (for parquet or tile laid, or drywall installed), so the more I work, the more I earn. The composition of my team changed, and some of my colleagues quit their harmful habits. Soon, I found myself to be the only smoker in a work team of five people. I used to go out for a smoke about every hour. We work in different sites, so sometimes it’s convenient to have a puff on a balcony or in a yard close to the site, but when working in large office buildings or shopping centers, I used to have to walk quite a distance to a place where smoking is permitted, so my smoke breaks used to take longer. At first, my colleagues found it funny and they used to tease me about my addiction, especially when I grabbed a cigarette when it was raining or freezing outside. However, after a while, it was no longer funny to them and was replaced by annoyance about the working time wasted. My team members calculated that I spent an average of one working hour smoking every day, and the value of that hour was £18. We came to this conclusion by dividing my average monthly wage, which amounted to approximately £3000, by the amount of working days. I used to earn about £120 per day. None of my coworkers or my boss liked the situation. The perception that I not only smoked away the £10 spent on a pack of cigarettes, but also an additional almost £20 was an unpleasant surprise to me too. We started to look for a way out. The foreman decided to use shock therapy and divided £380 of my wages among my coworkers who worked while I smoked for one month. That was effective. I understood that financial motivation works best for me and I made a contract with my boss. We agreed that he would pay me £760 if I quit smoking, but he would reduce my wage by £380 if I failed. It worked. I haven’t smoked for a year already and our work team is the most effective and earns the most in the whole company.

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