An un-app-y situation.
We know yoga breaks can boost productivity, but perhaps that burst of genius can wait until after class.
Yoga instructor Alice Van Ness was fired from her teaching position at Facebook for enforcing a no cellphone during class rule, sparking an interesting debate between the business oriented and those just trying to clear their citta-vrttis.
One student in particular had a hard time following the rule, and received a disapproving look from the teacher for her disturbance.
“I’m sure my face said it all,” she later said in a blog post. “Really? Your e-mail is more important than understanding your body? It’s more important than taking time for you? It’s more important than everyone else here?”
The student left the classroom to finish her technological business, then complained about Van Ness and her disapproving glances to management. Within weeks, Plus One Health Management fired her.
The company informed Van Ness in her termination letter, “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.” Facebook declined comment.
As it happens, Van Ness found working at tech companies brought in a general slew of bad yoga etiquette like students coming late, leaving early and being overly fidgety during Savasana. However, termination has not changed this teacher’s mind on her no phone in class rule.
She maintains, “We’re not talking about the U.S. government here. We’re not talking about Russia is about to bomb us. We’re talking about Facebook. Something can’t wait half an hour?”
After initially protesting the firing she decided she’d be happier elsewhere and proceeded to rant on her facebook page about it (kidding!) It was probably twitter.
Potentially overzealous instructor or another entitled corporate employee, what do you think?