Breaks go up in smoke
SMOKE breaks will be banned under a new enterprise agreement signed by workers at Ballina's Cherry Street Sports Club.
The agreement has also introduced quit smoking incentives, flu vaccinations and cancer screening procedures.
Club chief executive, Tere Sheehan, said it was part of a push to improve employees' health and welfare.
He also said employment conditions were now "well in excess of the award", with the aim of retaining the "current excellent team of staff".
Cherry Street Sports Club is working towards becoming an "Employer of Choice" on the Northern Rivers.
The enterprise agreement - which has been approved by the Fair Work Commission - had unanimous support from staff, Mr Sheehan said.
"The agreement has an emphasis on training and development, both in terms of the staff member's personal development, as well as enhancing customer service, which is the key to the club's success," he said.
"If the staff are happy and healthy, then that is the basis for a happy work environment, and increased standards of customer service."
Effective Workplace Solutions' principal consultant, Greg Arnold, helped the club develop the agreement.
He said it was a "win-win" for the staff and the club.
"This is a case where the focus is not just on the pay packet and labour costs, but on other important aspects of an employee's life and other business acumen, which results in better business," he said.