There has been a lot of talk and debate these days, about employers constantly coming up with ways to make their employees healthier, free gym memberships, on-site diet and smoking cessation programs. They have even begun offering workers cash incentives for their good behavior.
On the one hand, it’s a great thing because the healthier we are the happier we’ll be. I really believe that.
That said, it makes me uncomfortable when company officials create an environment where they’re pressuring workers to be good.
It’s all about the bottom line. If we’re fat or have lung problems from smoking they end up paying for a big chunk of the health care we’ll need. It makes sense that bosses would want to curb our bad habits.
But employers sign on to pay us a weekly wage and provide us health care benefits when we join their companies. That’s the agreement. No one disputes that. So, when they start trying to push us up on a tread mill and end up penalizing us, monetarily, if we’re not running fast enough, or losing weight fast enough, then they’re starting to go back on the promises they made to us when we were hired…No?
There’s no way around this. The issue is a Catch 22.
Looking back, I wish my father worked for an employer that forced him to stop smoking. He was an entrepreneur. Did what he wanted. And smoked for many years, until three little girls begged him to quit.
Alas, it was too late. He ended up dying from lung cancer in his early 70s.
You know. My dad would have gone ballistic if any boss he had got involved in his personal life and his personal habits.
How do we deal with this issue? Any thoughts?