As they bloody well should.
Chase isn’t the only one. I know that from the various jobs I’ve worked the last few years. It’s done in the name of tolerance of course. Most I’ve seen who do that openly support LGBT issues and other such diversity oriented subjects. Where I work, there is a Compliance exam you are required to take each year. One of the questions is if you would openly support the company’s advocacy of gay marriage (it’s not said that way, but the scenario makes it clear). The correct answer is ‘yes.’ I put ‘no’ and took the hit (since I figured I’d get the rest). But it’s not uncommon I suppose, since my meager experience found so many willing to do this.
Come on, Dave. What’s one tiny little pinch of incense?
What was the hit?
A wrong answer. You had to score an 80%. If you didn’t after so many tries you could face losing your job.
The irony of course is that if they were asking some of these questions 20 years ago, the LGBT activists would have been the first in line to complain.
Its simple, my employer gets to know too much about me already thanks to the increasing scrutiny we get for health care (do I drink, do I smoke, am I married, how many kids do I have, etc.). The only thing they should be allowed to know is how well do I do my job. The rest is none of their business.
“No action has been taken against any employee based on the survey results. No retaliation has occurred. ” Sez you.
Ok, if the Chase story is accurate, they’re being ridiculous. However, the whole boycott thing has gotten to new heights of dumb. If you don’t want your mortgage or checking account to be at Chase, great.. but announcing some grand boycott to convince others in an impersonal way to do the same is silly. It’s likely to drive even more people to become customers of Chase because they want to be against what you’re against!
Chick-fil-A boycott.. Hobby Lobby boycott.. Chase boycott.. our tribe boycotts this, your tribe boycotts that.
Just spend your money wisely with businesses that feel like supporting. Don’t give your money to businesses you don’t support. If the time is right to share with someone else why you do what you do, then share with them! Maybe you’ll change their minds and encourage them to act the same way you do. Heck, even start a website or use bloggers or the media to tell your side of the story. But the ‘spittle-flecked nutty “This is PREPOSTEROUS! We must BOYCOTT!”‘ is going to get you nowhere, especially in a culture where people see your opinion as intellectual leprosy in the first place.
Besides, what do you want to bet some of the people pushing for this particular boycott still have Chase stock in a retirement account?
So was this survey voluntary or mandatory? Or was it one of those, “Management would appreciate your compliance,” wink-wink-nudge-nudge-know-what-I-mean surveys?