Whirlpool Corp.'s suspension of 39 production workers at an Indiana plant who were seen smoking after declaring themselves eligible for a $500 annual tobacco-free insurance discount may signal the end of the honor system that rules most corporate wellness programs, experts said Tuesday.How could simple workers look at their company's wellness program with such a jaundiced eye? Don't they realize that their company wants what's best for them? How could these workers so cynically take advantage of the corporation when everybody knows that only the corporation is supposed to take advantage of the workers. Could it be that the simple working man or woman is also capable of acting disingenuously?
The action also underscores the difficulty of enforcing so-called voluntary programs when fines or incentives grow big enough to encourage cheating and snitching, they said.
Say it ain't so.
If this kind of thinking keeps going on, the "wellness" boys are going to have to fold up their binders and brochures and head back home.
Addendum 26 Apr 2008 - A roundup on the issue is offered over at the New York Times.