So, I was thinking some more about the whole CVS thing, specifically about this part of their new policy—
“Going forward, you'll be expected not just to know your [blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass and body weight] numbers—but also to take action to manage them.”
And I thought—what the hell.
Because it seems to me that CVS is trying to peddle this policy as their entitlement. That because these are CVS employees on CVS insurance policies and these policies cost CVS money, that somehow, all of this translates into—
“We own you.”
In fact, a commenter on CNBC's online coverage of the story said just that. He (or she) wrote “Just another example of a big corporation thinking it owns its employees…”
Because come on. CVS is actually taking as its due the ability to tell employees when to go to the damn doctor and how to manage their healthcare.
And somehow, we’re accepting this as normal and reasonable. As though offering employees money in exchange for time and talent is not enough. As though CVS employees owe CVS more than that. And I’m saying, when did this become okay? Actually, I’m saying more than that. I’m saying—dammit, why is this okay?
You know what. I’m going to blame HR. At least in part.
HR, and its whole “human capital” campaign, has gotten our heads screwed up, I fear, and some business leaders actually do seem to think of their employees as commodities, corporate appendages even, an extension of the corporal body.
Now, I know the other side of this coin. I am an HR professional, okay? And maybe I’m delusional, but I happen to think that I do “balanced” pretty well. So, I get that CVS has a right to protect its financial interests. I’m simply saying, for God’s sakes, find another way, CVS. You’re treating your people like chattel, like their privacy and right to make choices is no more than a freakin inconvenience to you making money and not worthy of serious consideration, because your interests matter but theirs don’t.
And correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t these the same people who complain about the government interfering with their privacy? Their rights to run their business as they see fit? Regardless of the affect on the community? It’s offensive, truly.
And please don’t tell me anything about how no one is putting a gun to these employees’ heads and if they don’t like the policies they can leave and work somewhere else. Because you and I both know the playing field is not even, here. And while I don’t begrudge CVS decision makers the authority they’ve earned as a result of the work they’ve invested to build their business, I still wonder about the moral responsibility to use authority with wisdom (and how about some damn compassion while you’re at it), not just to further or maintain your own gains.
|Not quite this, but not that far off, either.|
So again, I hope CVS re-thinks this one.