Many companies’ human resources departments provide healthy lifestyle advice to their employees; suggestions like quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, and avoiding unhealthy foods are commonplace. But when your company sells fast food, warning your employees away from it, though probably responsible, makes for an undeniable conflict of interest and a bit of a PR kerfuffle.
Last week, CNBC reported that on the McDonald’s McResources Line website, the company had posted an illustration of two meals. The first, which reportedly pictured a double cheeseburger, a soft drink and fries (sound familiar??), was labeled “Unhealthy choice.” The second meal featured a submarine sandwich, salad and a glass of water and was labeled “Healthier choice.”
The accompanying text read:
“Although not impossible it is more of a challenge to eat healthy when going to a fast food place. In general, avoiding items that are deep fried are your best bet.”
So, basically, the unspoken message being sent by McDonald’s to its own employees seemed to be: “If you value your health, don’t eat here — eat at Subway!” Read more