Monday, July 16, 2012

Yoga Instructor Fired for Glaring

Stop me if you've heard this before, but in San Francisco, CA a yoga instructor was leading class for a group of Facebook employees.  After asking the class to keep their cellphone use out of class, one participant disregarded the rule.  During one yoga move, the instructor noticed the student typing on her cell phone and glared at her in frustration and probably, annoyance.
Two weeks later, the instructor was fired, blamed for making the Facebook employee uncomfortable and embarrassed. 
Her termination letter read,
"We are in the business of providing great customer service. Unless a client requires us to specifically say 'no' to something, we prefer to say 'yes' whenever possible".

Since losing this job, the instructor has found another one teaching yoga while enforcing the cell phone ban during class.

I am just baffled by this one.  At any time, a person can discreetly leave a group class to tend to their needs, be it going to the restroom, making an important call or getting some refreshment.  Yet, people feel that during a group exercise, they are invisible.
The employee couldn't respect instructor's rule of no cell phone use during the class?  The instructor made it clear before class what her boundaries were concerning cell phone use during class time.
If the employee didn't feel comfortable with this rule, then don't attend that class, find an instructor who doesn't mind cell phone use during class.
Instead, the guilty employee felt embarrassed for being noticed breaking the rules and the yoga instructor was fired.

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