The penalty for so-called Cadillac health plans strikes me as one of those provisions that is more show than substance. What's to stop boards from simply increasing C-level compensation to a particular level and letting the executive spend his/her own money on medical care in compliance with a board directive to stay in top shape as a condition of continued employment, bonuses, and so on?
This is a heartbreaking comment and leaves me hoping that things have turned out better for OpeningWindow2013. I'm reminded of my sister-in-law, who left her home in Texas to become an assistant professor of deaf education in Tennessee. Fortunately for her, she has been in a more supportive environment than the cited university in the comment. Many outside of academia find it hard to understand how difficult faculty life can be - the bullies described in the commenter's story sound like holdovers from pre-Title VII days.
Great article - this kind of lesson bears frequent repetition at all levels of a company's workforce. Personally, I don't mind Mr. Paskoff using "I" in his columns as he does - to me, it makes his written pieces seem more like in-person conversations, rather than stodgy, static pronouncements from yet another guru. Thus, my vote would be for him to keep writing as he does. :-)