A couple of weeks ago, CVS made headlines when they decided to establish health-related rules for employees. Each employee would be subject to an annual exam to assess their weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass.
Refusal to participate would result in a yearly $600 surcharge on their health insurance premiums. CVS then kicked it up a notch by telling employees that they should “know their numbers” and “take action to manage them.” Finally, employees were ordered to quit smoking by May 1, 2014 or enroll in the company’s program to stop smoking. Failure to do so would result in fines and penalties.
While CVS has been widely criticized for penalizing negative behavior instead of incentivizing positive behavior, this could be considered a preview of sorts of what’s to come.