Spare a thought for workers at insurance start-up Health IQ because they have to put up with some rules that sound like hell for us...lol!
Until very recently, the start-up, based in Silicon Valley in the US, listed some crazy rules on its website under the “careers” section. One of the most outrageous is an outright ban on sugar — in any form.
We don’t have sugar, candy bars, soda in our office. If you bring some it will get thrown away
New employees are also expected to make a “pledge” they are expected to keep — forever.
“Every employee who joins takes a pledge to celebrate the health conscious while they work here and for the rest of their life,” the pledge states.
The business also has an on-site gym. Sweet! In the middle of the office. Not so sweet! Employees are expected to work out during meetings and presentations.
“We don’t have a pool table. Instead we have a gym in the middle of our office. Not in a side room, not in a corner, it is right in the middle of the entire office,” the company wrote.
“Our conference room is made up of four treadmill desks that face each other so you can do a walking meeting while seeing a presentation, rain or shine.”
Unsurprsingly, people on Twitter were much like us when they heard about this..
As the backlash grew, Health IQ updated the section, removing the most ridiculous parts of the original statement.
The careers section now includes statements regarding “optional midday yoga/fitness classes”, a “healthy food program” and “balance”.
“Instead of the usual ping pong or pool table, we’ve dedicated space for yoga practice, spin bikes, rowing machines and other exercise equipment,” the site now reads.