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Are Companies Bribing Employees to Quit Smoking?

Kyle Newton June 30, 2012 News & Politics No Comments

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In this day and age it seems that almost every aspect of one’s personal life comes up when one is being considered for a job. If you are a smoker, for example, then there are plenty of companies that would not so much as bat an eye at turning you down for the job no matter how good your resume looks. This is a type of profiling, and even prejudice that has many frustrated in a job market that is tough enough as it is. However some companies are trying a new approach: bribing current employees who already smoke.

A large number of companies are offering their employees things like gym memberships, fitness club memberships, and a whole bunch of things of that nature. But one interesting bit is that they are offering employees who either lose weight or quit smoking insurance premium discounts. Even smoking cessation seems to be getting its own rewards from companies as well. But does this really work? After all, a company would really have to pry into a person’s private life to see to it that they had actually quit smoking. This is the kind of thing that should make employees feel uncomfortable. After all, since when is simply doing one’s job properly not enough to maintain employment?




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