I’m watching 20/20. On a Friday night. In my sweatpants. While drinking… cold water. Because I am a PARTY ANIMAL.
So there’s this piece on Weyco, a benefit management company that instituted a no-smoking policy. No big deal, right? You can’t smoke at work just about anywhere, anyway.
Not exactly. Weyco instituted a zero-tolerance policy on nicotine use, period. Employees were subject to random screenings and if nicotine was detected, they were terminated. The story was about whether or not this was legal, blah blah blah, Big Brother is watching yooouuuuuu, etc. And I don’t mean to make light of the greater ramifications of something like this.
Please disregard the giggles of glee that escaped while I watched this story.
I can’t help it. I’m a smoke-hating asthmatic. And smoking kills. A health care benefits corporation mandating nicotine abstinence as a condition of employment seems perfectly logical, to me. I think more companies should consider flexing their power for the Greater Good.
You work for Coca-Cola, and you test positive for Pepsi? Sacked.
You work for Neiman Marcus, and someone spots you inside Walmart? Laid off.
You work for DeBeers, and it’s discovered you’ve ever given a woman an appliance as a gift? Terminated.
The possibilities are endless!
(And just like that, I go from wishing I was out on a Friday night to having an entire legion of people around the world wishing I was out on a Friday night….)