Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When someone has the right to do something, but you hope it doesn't work

I'm talking about this:

"Howard Weyers tried the "carrot" approach by giving his employees incentives and encouragement to quit smoking. But when that didn't work, he resorted to the stick. A big stick. Weyers, owner of a health care benefits administrator in Lansing, Mich., gave his 200 employees an ultimatum in 2004: Quit smoking in 15 months or lose your job. He refused to hire smokers. Ultimately, he extended his smoking ban to employees' spouses and monitored compliance through mandatory random blood testing."

It's Mr. Weyers' company. To me, he has the right to try this. If we don't like it, we don't have to work for him. That having been said, I find that kind of imposition on a worker's non-work time and family life outrageous. Conservatives should urge individuals not to work for a company like that, and should argue against other companies adopting similar policies by pointing out what an infringement on personal freedom are these kinds of policies.

Smoking is still a legal activity, and there are still such things as personal freedom out there; yet more people today seem to forget these things.