Olive Garden fired their manager of the Kansas branch for refusing to grant leaves to employees without evidence of reason.
According to a local news report, this was the message that the manager sent to all his employees. “If you’re sick, you need to come to 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.”
The manager at the Italian food chain Olive Garden could not bear any more leaves taken by his employees. The unnamed manager demanded all his employees show proof of their every leave. If they are sick they should send some sort of evidence of their sickness or if their dog died then well the manager wants to see the dead dog.
The manager also said that if an employee does not want to share the reason behind their leave, then they are free to look for another job. The strength of employees before this message is unknown, so we can not say if the manager is just extremely impatient and inconsiderate or if there were repeatedly a lot of holidays taken by the employees.
A spokeswoman of the restaurant told The Washington Post that the manager has been fired. She also said that the manager’s comments and attitude toward the employees do not reflect the company’s vision and values.
Was firing the manager of Olive Garden the right thing to do?
Even though what the manager said to his employees was totally rude and inconsiderate, the issue of taking frequent leaves from work is something that all employers are talking about. Statistics show that more than 100,000 people did not go to work last year due to no child-care facility available for their children.
Along with this, winter sicknesses like cold and flu are also common reasons for people to miss work during this season. All in all, there has been an overall increase in a labor shortage, which is a reason for great anger among employers.