Thursday, December 28, 2006
Waitress from Naked Women and Beer stopped in earlier and pointed out that we (along with a number of other blogs) were highlighted in an article in Buffalo Spree Magazine for our blogging about our jobs.
I am glad I can blog about my job. It is a great release, a place for me to vent rather than soiling my relationship with my wife and family on a near daily basis. It is also an opportunity for some bloggers like me to be watchdogs of their particular places of employment.
Do I think my employer is happy I blog about them? No, I'm sure they aren't. They are a big soulless corporation that wants everyone to be a mindless server robot walking in goose-step on the company line (especially their management). Red Lobster is the anti-flare of all restaurants. They don't care who you are, what your experiences are, you must follow this very exact way of doing all things. As an example, people have been getting fired the past few months across the country because they have not been using the word "promise" in their table approaches. They don't care if you are their best server with the most experience, if you miss saying "promise" or half a dozen other specific things 3 times (and of course are caught each time) they will fire you for it. Red Lobster gives no consideration to their employees needs. They know that their employees are basically disposable because there is a nearly endless supply of other people in many markets looking for work. This also means that managers become glorified babysitters rather than leaders.
An example of how Red Lobster screws someone other than their servers would be the hour requirements for managers. If you are a manager at a Red Lobster, you must work a minimum of 50 hours a week in order to receive your full salary for that particular week (vacation not included). This is so that each store can operate on one less manager than a family friendly 40 hour work week would require. Then you worsen this by having a fairly high turnover rate in management company wide. This results in stores with only 3 managers covering 4 managers schedules and work for extended periods. And then they wonder why there is such high burn out and turn over. Red Lobster spends an incredible amount of money training their managers, only to have them leave for better work environments at their first chance.
So yes, I blog, and I blog about work, and I work for a soulless corporation.
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