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Workplace Obesity - A managers position Obesity in the...

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Obesity in the Workplace A manager’s position
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Check out THESE numbers… 33.8% of the US population is obese 237,598,138 adults in US About 197,681,651 in the workforce currently About 66% of working adults overweight
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Fair to Discriminate?
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Managers should be able to use discretion in the workplace based on weight issues. However , they must also accommodate and assist workers they choose to employ.
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Managers should use discretion in the workplace based on weight issues for the following reasons: Social Costs Emotional Costs Financial Costs
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Social Costs Relationships with Coworkers “Myths and stereotypes heavily influence employee behavior toward obese coworkers… Their coworkers agree, saying that obesity makes it less likely that one will be respected or taken seriously”
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Social Costs (continued) Recent Survey: Question posed, “If someone who was significantly overweight and someone who was either of average or slender build was trying to sell you the same product, who would you choose to buy from (all other factors equal)?
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