An article in this week's Boston Globe
describes several companies' efforts to improve employee health and reduce insurance costs by docking pay from employees deemed "unhealthy." It's part of a growing trend across all industries to encourage employee health through reward and, as the case may be, punishment. Not surprisingly, employee advocacy groups like The National Workrights Institute
are against the practice, saying employers are trying to control personal behavior and inappropriately collecting private health information. I think it's a great idea--albeit rife with potential problems. Kinder, gentler efforts haven't worked.