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Guest BERNESES

My husband's former company sent out an email that oroginally stated that no one would be allowed to bring their dogs to the office. Someone took out dogs and replaced it with "engineers" but my DH thought gluten would be just as funny so here it is (this is the dream memo you will NEVER get):

Dear________:

We'd like to make you aware of a new policy we have instituted in the company which will be in effect as we move to our new offices.

For a number of reasons, we will no longer allow gluten in our facilities. As gluten lovers ourselves, we can understand that this could be disappointing to some of you, so let us explain the reasons.

There are a number of serious issues which have caused us to make this change. First and foremost is a health issue. We now have a number (although even one employee would be enough to influence our decision) of employees who are very allergic to gluten. Gluten dander is almost impossible to get out of carpets etc. once gluten visits a building - even once - so the new building gives us an opportunity to make sure this doesn't happen.

So by implementing this policy right from the beginning, we can insure that there are no problems in this regard.

There are also employees, contractors and customers who are afraid of gluten. To these people, even a well behaved bit of gluten (which by definition is the case with most of them) can be terrifying to someone who has this fear.

Once again, it may not be a lot of people, but we need to consider these people's feelings as well.

These are the most important reasons. We also think that there is a degree of professionalism that being gluten-free helps.

Thanks for your understanding. We think that the cultural aspects of having gluten was a really nice part of our company and understand that some people will be disappointed, but we wanted to explain the rationale and hope to have your support.

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