‘If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us’: Olive Garden parts ways with manager over time off rules


JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (WFLA) – A Kansas restaurant is parting ways with its manager after imposing strict rules to employees about taking time off.

In a message obtained by KCTV5 , it showed an Olive Garden manager telling employees that if they needed to take time off, “[they] might as well go and look for another job.”

The message shared with employees read, “Our call-offs are occurring at a staggering rate. From now on, if you call off, you might as well go out and look for another job. We are no longer tolerating ANY EXCUSE for calling off. If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us,” the manager wrote.

The former manager told employees that they would lose their job if they called off more than once in 30 days since the message was sent.

The manager followed it up by sharing they hadn’t missed one day of work in their 11 1/2 years at Olive Garden.

“Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my way to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME,” they wrote.

After telling the employees that there were “no more excuses,” a representative from Olive Garden confirmed that they parted ways with the manager, as the manager’s message did not align with company values.

“We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company’s values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager,” the representative said.

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Fedichico Shiznilty

So..... I guess it's back to "call offs at a staggering rate" again? They most likely lost the best manager they ever had. Good luck to the next manager dealing with the call offs and still successfully managing the restaurant. Although I highly doubt he will last 11 years with zero call offs. 🤦

Roy Roche

Awesome! A company that actually cares! Those saying probably the best manager has probably never gotten sick from going in to a restaurant and being waited on by sick staff! Number one that could be a health code violation for making workers come to work sick. 2 management like this is why restaurants are short staffed! People rather quit than deal with this!

Hammie (the Squirrel)

Here's an idea Corporate. Fire the employees that don't call in and are no shows. And when you have employees that call out constantly for over a year and aren't reprimanded in any way. I think that it's safe to assume that the employee you hired could care less about your business and/or your company. The saddest part about this article is that common sense went right out the window and now the work force of the hospitality industry have lost its spine. But "NO" respect from its employees who have towed the line for so long. This right here is going to bring a lot of animosity and descent into a group of employees who have the best interests of the companies. Here's why: "You don't reward the loyal and faithful who don't call in and have a great work ethic". "Compared to: You don't fire the lazy workers who call in because of a paper cut or a hang nail"?


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