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Subject:  Re: Tea-bagging CEO Suddenly Sorry for Teabaggin Date:  12/6/2012  1:11 PM
Author:  sykesix Number:  46656 of 116452

And an update. Turns out the Darden's experiment in employee abuse was a disaster in more way than one.

In the world of health policy, Darden Restaurants may become a cautionary tale. The company, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, recently announced plans to test limiting workers’ hours, in order to dodge the health-law’s mandate that employers with more than 50 workers offer coverage to full-time employees.

It didn’t exactly go so well: The company revised its earnings projections downward after seeing a backlash to the decision. Thursday, Darden announced it had completed the test period, deciding it would not move forward with the limited-hours model.

“We have always had a significant number of full-time employees and they are integral to our success,” Darden CEO Clarence Otis said in a statement. “The data we have collected during our test around guest satisfaction and employee engagement has only reinforced this.”

This why is this guy is CEO. He's not sure if his employees are integral to the success of the company. So he runs a test, and it turns out they are!
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