Monday, July 7, 2008

How far is too far?

It has recently been brought to my attention that a certain company ::coughAPXcough:: will officially NOT be hiring "smokers" for the full-time service technician positions.

Now, I am not what one would call a smoking advocate (or even enthusiast) but doesn't this strike you as a bit... absurd?

What happens if a customer complains that the technician smells like cigarette smoke? The technician gets reprimanded?

What happens when several customers complain about several different technicians smelling like cigarette smoke? The technicians get reprimanded, and a tighter code of conduct be enforced?

I wonder if APX has done these things? I really, honestly, would LOVE to know what has led a multi-million dollar company to this point. It also made me chuckle a bit that someone who didn't smoke could care less.

See, here's the thing- YES I am biased. I hate smoking but my husband does it. I wouldn't want him to be denied a great job because he smokes. His skills reach farther than most of the technicians I have personally met and his work ethic is nothing short of strong. He has enough brains in his head to keep his smoking to himself- knowing full-well that almost all nonsmokers HATE anything about cigarettes.

I just, well, I just don't know what to think. I want to dig deeper and sort things out- but knowing this company... it won't change a thing.

The more experience I get with "corporate America", the more I want to move to the middle of nowhere and live off solar power. I get sick to my stomach thinking about how things are changing (for the worse). California laws are so ridiculous now.

::sigh:: I just want to get rid of this corporation. It's terrible. Not that there are many out there that are great- but this one is definitely the bottom of the barrel, and it's safe (or not-so-safe considering many other employees read my blog) to say I HATE APX.

That's all. I stand true to what I say. I don't trust them, nor will I ever... and this superbly idiotic statement about not hiring smokers is just one more thing to add to my list.

Don't recruit outside the church, APX, if you don't want issues.