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March 2023 Issue [Readings]

Soup, Salad, and Pink Slips

From an email sent by a manager of an Olive Garden in Overland Park, Kansas.

Attention ALL Team Members:

Our call-offs are occurring at a staggering rate. From now on, if you call off, you might as well go out and look for another job. We are no longer tolerating ANY EXCUSE for calling off. If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us. If it’s a “family emergency” and you can’t say what it is, too bad. Go work somewhere else. If you only want morning shifts, too bad, go work at a bank. From here on out, if anyone calls out more than ONCE in the next thirty days you will not have a job. Do you know in my eleven-and-a-half years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my way to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME! There are no more excuses. Us, collectively as a management team, have had enough. If you don’t want to work here, don’t. It’s as simple as that. If you’re here and want to work, then work. You’re in the restaurant business. Do you think I want to be here? No

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March 2023

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