Is it going too far for employees to tell employers to mind their own business?The day that employers are allowed to dictate to employees what they can and cannot do in their own home, is the day I plan my trip to Mars. Is this for real? The way this country is going with all of the “do-gooders” dictating what one should and shouldn’t do, maybe it is. That is beyond wrong, in my opinion.
The home is off limits to anyone telling me what to do, except maybe my wife! The home is supposed to be the personal sanctity, a place to engage in things that I like to engage in, as long as I’m not hurting anyone else, that is. Whether it’s smoking, eating, drinking, or meditating, if I can’t do what I want to do in my own home, where in hell can I do it?
In defense of employers, I’m sure they want their employees as healthy as possible, but it is more for an economic reason. Do people really believe that most employers care about them on a deep, personal level? Yeah, right! Is that the reason why some folks who’ve been with a large corporation for years and years, suddenly are let go and are escorted off the property without so much as a thank you for all the hard work that employee has accomplished through the years? It happens all the time, and I personally know at least five people it’s happened to, and some of those are related to me. So this business of the employer dictating what the employee can and can’t do in their own home is completely ludicrous, and God help those who trust their employers to make the right decision about their personal lives.
This has nothing to do with smoking, nothing at all. This has to do with personal respect, dignity, and freedom. In fact, at least in this country, we live in a land that has the “pursuit of happiness” written right into the constitution. If that means that lighting a cigar or a cigarette after a meal makes someone happy, then I say…So Be It! There is far too much pressure in our rush-rush society, and so little time to grab what enjoyment we can, and I for one will be damned if some corporate muckety-muck is going to tell me what to do in my own house! In fact, that corporate peon who insists on prying into my household affairs had better not cross the threshold into my home, if he or she knows what is good for them. If that sounds like a veiled threat, it is! In fact, it’s not veiled at all, they would be hard-pressed to even venture on the property to try to tell me what to do in my house!
The days of the worker entrusting their employer to take care of them for life are long, long gone. We all know it, and the marketplace has changed. Whether it’s for the better or not, only time will tell. But if this hypothetical edict about employers telling their employees what to do in their own home becomes reality, I think we all know the answer…..