National Public Radio is encouraging employees to yell at each other if they don’t follow the company’s strict mask-wearing policy in the office.
According to a strongly worded memo sent on Thursday, NPR employees are not only required to wear masks in the office, but they must also correct their co-worker if they see someone who is not following the mandate. are encouraged to do or take them out. higher-ups.
“If you notice someone who forgot their mask, you can tell them, “Hey, you forgot your mask,” Memo said, adding that they can even tell a senior so they can tell them. Remind them” or they can get human resources involved. Repeated crimes can result in a masked criminal being fired.
The strict policy is a departure from most of the COVID safety policies in offices and public places across the country. In Washington, DC, where NPR is headquartered, masks were made mandatory in gyms, restaurants and stores in March. Last month, airports and airlines also lost mask mandates.
NPR did not return a request for comments on its mandate or memorandum.
In the memo, the company said reminding employees to wear masks is “really helping them” because they are “not intentionally trying to evade the rules.” The bizarre message advocates for employees to say “thank you” for a reminder if they are violating the rule.
For coworkers who don’t want to face mask violators, the company has a system where they can secretly sneak up on others.
“You can share an anonymous concern through the EthicsPoint system … and HR will address your concern immediately, but it’s not the best option for an immediate fix,” the memo said. disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”
Stricter rules do not apply to employees who are working alone in the studio or in the office with the door locked. The note said the company would allow workers to momentarily take off their masks while “actively” eating or drinking.
For any other maskless exceptions, workers must obtain special permission “in advance”, the company said.