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August 8, 2007 § Leave a comment

According to an article in BusinessWeek Online, Clarian Health – an Indianapolis-based hospital system with 13,000 employees – has announced a plan to begin docking their workers’ pay if they do not comply with a set of health guidelines, including requirements to quit smoking and keep their weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar in a specified range. The policy will apparently apply only to employees who are enrolled in the company’s health plan.

Excerpted from The Rest of the Story.

Corporations, more so than “big government”, have become the big brother of our time. When I go to work, I am always reminded of China during the cultural revolution, or the Soviet Bloc–there are inspirational slogans on the wall. They are the same pictures that could be hung on the wall, with very few modifications, in a factory in the Soviet Union. It’s like the corporate world, having little originality or energy to devote to new metaphors, has decided to coopt the little red book, without all the little parts about purging them in the revolution. But I digress. There should be some things that are just beyond the purview of the corporation.

Excerpted from Happy Friday.


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