Olive Garden Fires Manager For Telling Workers To Bring Dead Dog If They Want A Time-off
A Kansas Olive Garden fires manager for telling workers to bring dead dogif they needed time off to mourn their dead dog.
In an unusually harsh online post that quickly went viral, the manager of a restaurant in Overland Park said that staff members were missing work "at a startling rate."
The manager stated:
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, too bad. Go work somewhere else.- Olive Garden Manager
In her letter, the manager praised her own work ethic, saying that she had worked even when sick and once after an accident that destroyed her car. The message concluded by thanking staff members who come to work on time and adding:
I hope you choose to continue to work here, and I think we [management] make it as easy as we can on y’all. I wish there were more like you.- Olive Garden manager
The manager's remarks, according to an Olive Garden spokesman, were "not aligned with [the] company’s values". The chain's motto is"When you’re here, you’re family."
The representative stated, "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."
The fired manager's letter sparked a furor online. A response to the widely circulated note was posted on the Twitter account "Fuck You I Quit", which highlights workplace bullying.
The account stated, "These power-tripping people are unreal. Who doesn’t think twice before hitting send on something like this?"
According to estimates by the McKinsey consulting firm, up to 40% of US employees are prepared to quit their employment, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic's increased options that have reduced the need for employees to put up with abusive supervisors.
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After instructing colleagues that if they wanted time off to mourn a lost pet, they would have to bring their dog's body to work so the Kansas Olive Garden manager was dismissed.
She advised employees to search for another job since management is "no longer allowing ANY excuse for calling off" and will have them prove it because she was sick and tired of people asking for time off or reporting in sick.
The manager was fired as a result, and Olive Garden's parent company, Darden, issued the following statement: "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company’s values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."
Olive Garden fires manager for telling workers to bring dead dog if they want to mourn their dead dog. After delivering an unpleasant warning to staff members regarding attendance, she was dismissed.
According to KCTV5, the manager (who has not been named) was so incensed by the "staggering" number of call-outs at her establishment that she insisted they go to work while ill in order to "prove it to us."