This is RIDICULOUS.
Yoga teacher Alice Van Ness was fired from her gig at Facebook headquarters after asking one of her students to turn off her phone during class. The student was asked several times to put the phone away (ironically, checking her Facebook), and after class complained to the fitness management team, Plus One. They fired Van Ness two weeks later.
“We are in the business of providing great customer service,” Plus One wrote in the termination notice. “Unless a client requires us to specifically say no to something, we prefer to say yes whenever possible.” Van Ness was also let go from a job at Cisco, allegedly for asking an employee not to photograph a class in progress.
Emergency situations aside, it is incredibly RUDE to answer or be on your phone during class. If you can’t spare the 30-60 minutes away from your cell, you NEED to choose another fitness option. It is disrespectful, rude, distracting and very much a slap in the face to the instructor who has come to teach you and the other students in the class.
Some people are addicted to their phones. I get it. I love mine, and like having it around. But you better believe that if I’m in class, it’s OFF. AWAY. Everyone can leave a message and I’ll get back to them. NOTHING is so important it cannot wait an hour.
If you DO need to take a call (note: NOT update your FB status), do so QUIETLY. With discretion. Leave the room (and don’t start talking until you’re OUTSIDE). Tell people you’re going to be busy for an hour. Whoever might call. Tell them. AND if it’s a habitual thing, consider working out on your own.
What do you think? Should she get her job back?