Management Toolkit

Tips for Talking to Your Employees

If an employee violates the tobacco-free policy use the following strategies to address the problem:
  1. Meet in a private place to discuss the problem.
  2. Let the employee tell his/her side of story.
  3. Be respectful. This change can be difficult for tobacco users.
  4. Clearly state that tobacco use on Maricopa County property is prohibited.
  5. Help the employee develop an acceptable plan. If the employee wants to quit, make sure to tell the employee about all available resources.
  6. Summarize the meeting and expectations moving forward.
  7. To avoid future disciplinary problems, schedule a follow-up meeting to determine if the agreed-upon plan is working. If it isn't, discuss alternative strategies.