12 January 2012
At first I was outraged, watching this. It's really pretty dehumanizing to go to work and get weighed and measured. I have to wonder if any of their workers are over 6 ft 2 tall that they really expect a waist size of 33 inches to be even remotely, remotely practical. You know it has to be discriminatory toward tall people (read: African- and European-ancestry people... you know... racism). It's just outrageous. But honestly? It would be nice if some workplaces didn't expect employees to work 10 hour days, work through lunch, give their employees projects and deadlines that make exercise difficult to impossible if sleep also has to happen that day, weekend work... and so on and so on and so on. Somewhere there is a balance of you taking care of your work and your workplace and the people at work taking reasonable care of you. No, not nannying. But maybe not shipping in pizza and donuts to meetings. Maybe getting rid of the 12-hour workdays and the vending machines and offering your employees an apple and granola bar, maybe some cereal each day with a badge swipe in the cafeteria. And not because anyone told you you had to, but because you want to save some healthcare dollars and have employees who have a sound mind in a sound body.