Workplace Tobacco Management Project Research Findings (Evaluation) Report by Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Support and awareness for policy development and implementation amongst staff
Staff and management were asked a series of questions about their knowledge of tobacco management policy development in their organisations.
Staff awareness of policyThe results in figure 5 show that:
- Over the life of the project there were significant changes in staff knowledge of their organisation having a tobacco management policy in place.
- At baseline more staff (40 percent) believed a tobacco management policy existed compared to 25 percent of sites having a policy in place.
- As the project progressed all organisations had implemented a policy and almost all staff (90 percent) were aware that a workplace tobacco management policy was in place at their work site.
Figure 5: Staff knowledge and organisational policy implementation
Staff and organisational support for policyMuch of the concern about the introduction of the smoke-free policy at ACT Government Health Directorate and in particular the Alcohol and Drug Service Withdrawal Unit focused of the processes involved in the policies introduction. The main concern centered on the lack of consultation with staff and managers at the site. In this evaluation, in addition to measuring the number of policies in place, a number of other measures were taken. These included:
- The level of support for tobacco management policies amongst the range of stakeholders involved at the workplace.
- The level of staff involvement in the policy development and implementation process; and
- Knowledge around the processes of the workplace work-plans used to enhance the policy development and implementation process.
Figure 6 shows that over the period of the project:
- The proportion of staff, management, clients and governance bodies improved their level of support for the implementation of a tobacco management policy.
- The sharpest rises in high levels of support were observed amongst boards and management between follow-up 1 and follow-up 2. This period corresponded with the majority of organisations working through their policy development processes and boards approving policies for implementation (as seen in figure 5).
Figure 6: Proportion of stakeholders highly supportive of staff tobacco management policy implementation