From my friend Harold, this news follow-up on WEYCO and its new Get Healthy or Else Policy. Seems like the company is indeed planning to target their big-butted employees.
In an interview on Dan Abram's program on MSNBC, the guy who wrote the no smoking policy for WEYCO had indicated the company wasn't going to fire fat employees.
And they're not...for the time being. They are "encouraging" them to lose weight and are providing some incentives to get healthy.
Here's the thing. While the company says its not going to fire fatties, it could make their lives very unpleasant. Can anyone say lack of promotions? Less face time with the public and/or customers? Fewer opportunities for prestigious assignments?
WEYCO claims it enacted the no smoking policy because the company was tired of paying exorbitant health care costs. Evidently only 18-20 of the company's employees were smokers prior to the policy.Around 14 quit. Four were fired.
How much could these nicotine addicts possibly have cost the company in extra health care costs?
So now the focus is on the supersizers. While I am not completely naive and I do understand that corporations view employees as assets, it does make me sad to think about this trend.
When a corporation thinks their employee's assets are not small enough for corporate standards, many other splendid assets could be lost or overlooked in the process.
As for WEYCO, I'm curious as to how many of their 200 or so employees meet their weight standards and how many need to start hitting the elliptical?