Some Mayo Clinic workers not happy with dress code change
Here's some from Jeff Hansel's Pulse on Health column today.
It seems Mayo Clinic is dressing things up a bit by requiring its desk employees to wear more upscale clothing. Personally, I don't think I've ever been concerned about the clothing of a Mayo worker when I was going there for needed medical care or to refill a prescription. I could be in the minority there.
Anyway, this is kind of an interesting discussion:
Mayo Clinic leaders in Rochester might need to do some fence mending.
It doesn't matter who's right or wrong. Feelings have been hurt.
A recent announcement says about 900 desk employees will be required to get new uniforms, a Mayo spokesman said. Clinical assistants (who perform tasks like helping patients in the restroom) and desk staff will order on credit, switching from scrubs to black pants with light-blue shirts.
A Mayo Q&A says they'll repay up to $400 per worker for the cost of the uniforms over the course of up to two years.
The decision, based on months of planning by a committee, triggered a firestorm of online comments from Mayo workers.
"Mayo is a great place to work … with great wages and benefits," one said on an internal Mayo communication site. "It just seems like none of our opinions matter."
Lack of attention to how directly affected workers feel is a key complaint. There are others. For example, some are frustrated that an out-of-town company ships uniforms from an international supplier. They wonder, why not support local shops?
Commenters nicknamed themselves "LPEs" or low-paid employees, and said they struggle already paycheck-to-paycheck, making new uniform cost a burden.
"I think this is an incredible elitist and insensitive decision…," one commenter wrote.