Pure and unadulterated Red Lobster management clusterfuck is my opinion. When you are shitting yourself in the corporate office because your stock price may be tanking and you are losing ground to your competition, you have one of two ways to go. Go cheap and fuck the working man, or go big in the right areas and invest your way to improvement.
Care to guess what the dickless wonders in Orlando chose? (Option A in case you're are new here.)
Let me quote myself for a moment:
In my years I've seen Red Lobster (Darden) do some pretty petty and asinine things to screw their best employees. They do it regularly enough that it has become par for the course.
If you click on my profile it says:
I've worked for Red Lobster for the better part of a decade. They used to care for their employees, now we're just another warm body in their soulless corporation. The views expressed here are OBVIOUSLY not corporate Red Lobster's or Darden's. If you can't figure that out, press your call button and someone will be right by to smack you in the head with a hammer.
The blog formerly known as "Red Lobster hates its employees".
I've been sounding this warning for years now. Red Lobster hates its employees. You are just another cog in the machine. Start squeaking and you don't get oiled, you get removed and replaced with another nameless cog.
So this comes as no surprise that Darden would bend over their most important asset (service staff) and give it to them in the ass.
Restaurant wisdom #1 - don't fuck with the people who will be serving you your food.
Restaurant wisdom #2 - don't fuck the dish crew.
Restaurant wisdom #3 - don't fuck with the people who serve your customers their food.
This falls into category #3 obviously. And when you start screwing with your most important asset, it never goes good for you. I've been in/on/near RL staff off and on since the early 90's. Every time Darden has taken care of their service staff, they've been rewarded. Every time they pull stupid shit like this and it costs them.
So if you are holding Darden stock (WHY!?!) liquidate that sooner than later.
I've been hearing stories out of Red Lobsters that are sure to inspire a number of law suits from this move. I do think it is going to get ugly. And I'll be hear laughing and cheering for the working stiff that's been getting stiffed by their corporate master far too frequently in recent years.
I've suggested it before, but look into unionizing. Seriously. It can't hurt, and it might help. I know unions are falling out of national favor, and I can't say I disagree with many of those reasons, but this is a place where I think a new union movement might well be worth the people's time, effort and money.