Friday, May 23, 2008
I've worked for a handful of companies in my years, and no other restaurant ever came close the the waste of time which is the Red Lobster Meeting.
Red Lobster has meetings about meetings. It's absurd. Every menu change we all get hauled in for a waste of a morning. Every time our guest satisfaction ratings drop we get to have a meeting. Every procedural change. Monthly safety meetings. Training meetings. Meetings to yell at us. Meetings to reward us with some penny-ante bullshit trinket that they think might motivate us. Save your candy. Save your pins. Save your breath. Quit wasting my time.
Hire competent people and we could have 90% fewer meetings. Retain quality staff and you'd reduce it further.
And the worst thing? Listening to idiot managers drone on. Some managers are actually pretty good, presenting info and not putting you to sleep. But many, far too many, appear to have never spoken before a group of people before. Memo to Corporate Red Lobster: Require some public speaking training. If you are going to require me to waste half a day coming into work early, at least respect me enough to put together a quality product and quality presentation. It's like watching retarded muppets. Had there been an icepick near me during our last meeting, I might have used it to blind and deafen myself as an act of mercy. If I was in prison you couldn't subject me to this sort of torture, even at Guantanamo.
Buy each one of your managers a copy of Patrick Lencioni's "Death By Meeting" and save us all some time and headaches.
Posted by Lobster Boy at 5/23/2008 01:08:00 PM