Manager of an Olive Garden restaurant in Kansas was unemployed after warning his subordinates to look for other work if they asked for leave.
In an unusually harsh post that has gone viral online, the manager – whose name has not been made public – complained that staff at her restaurant in Overland Park were not working “at an astounding pace”. .
Therefore, “we no longer tolerate ANY EXCUSE to cancel,” the manager wrote. “If you are sick, you have to come and prove it to us.
“If your dog is dead, you have to bring it back and prove it to us. If it’s a “family emergency” and you can’t tell, so be it. Go work somewhere else.
The manager’s post extolled her own work ethic, saying she worked shifts when sick and even once after her car was destroyed in an accident.
“I hope you will choose to continue working here, and I think we [management] make it as easy as possible for all of you,” the post read, concluding with gratitude to the employees who showed up to work on time, adding, “I wish there were more like you.
The laid-back Italian restaurant chain, whose slogan is “When you’re here, you’re family”, had sacked the manager on Tuesday, according to a local news station, KCTVName.
A rep for Olive Garden told the station that the director’s message was “not aligned with [the] corporate values”.
“We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members,” the rep said. “We can confirm that we have parted ways with this manager.”
The fired director’s missive caused an online outcry. One of the most shared reactions to the note came from the Twitter account fuck you I quitwhich highlights the abuses of employers.
“These power tripping people are unreal,” the account said on Wednesday. “Who doesn’t think twice before hitting send something like that?”
The Olive Garden director’s downfall came amid a US labor market showing signs of patience with bad bosses.
The McKinsey consulting firm has estimated that up to 40% of workers in the United States are willing to leave their jobs, in part because increased opportunities after the coronavirus pandemic leave less reason to tolerate abusive managers.