A gelding is a castrated animal—in English, a castrated male horse. The word comes from the Old Norse geldr ("barren"). A horse is usually gelded to make him more placid, making him easier to control. Geldings were once prized by classical steppe warriors for their silence.
Red Lobster more and more is in the practice of hiring people for their management teams who are geldings. The less personality you have the better. The further you are willing to stick your head up the corporate ass the further you will go. I understand being a company man, when that company is a good company that will stick by your side through thick and thin. But Red Lobster/Darden does not meet that qualification. I've seen idiot managers shown the door for a lot of good reasons, but I've also seen some great people come and go for reasons that are absolutely absurd. Petty things, things that were I to explain you'd be left scratching your head too.
If you aren't one of the gelded managers, your life quickly becomes a corporate game of whack-a-mole. If you don't watch out, the Darden hammer will smack you back down into your place. And worse, your fellow managers who no longer have their own balls are watching you, waiting for you to screw up. Not a positive work environment. I appreciate my current management team for the most part (we have one manager who would buy dehydrated water if Red Lobster said they were selling it that I could probably live without). But I am tired of the turnover. Having to continually learn a new managers peccadillo's every few months is very tiresome. It's bad enough to have a staff turnover of 50-70% to deal with on an annual basis.
Red Lobster spends a lot of time, money and effort to train people, but they haven't yet figured out how to retain the good ones. At the end of the day, if the leadership - local on up - reach their bonuses, they don't really care about how it impacts us as a staff. Red Lobster has potential. It was once a great company. But it is going to take someone with some huevos to take us there, and I don't honestly think that person exists in our current system. So we are relegated to continuing on down a bland path, with uninspiring leadership. We will continue to be led by drones who huddle around restaurant magazines celebrating a 1% gain in market share. We will continue to be guided by the bottom line with no consideration for the impact on the average employee. We will continue to be treated in ways which remind us at every opportunity that we are all replaceable. And we will continue to just get by, which in my books is not the right way to run a business of any size.
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