Earlier this week we found out that two of the nation's larger sit-down restaurant chains had dismal earnings reports for the last quarter:
Darden can't seem to convince more people to sit down for a meal at its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.
The company reported a sharply lower quarterly profit on Friday that missed Wall Street expectations, with sales down at its two biggest chains despite ongoing attempts to revamp their menus with lighter, cheaper options. Darden said it would slash costs to prepare for future challenges, in part by reducing its workforce.
These are high dollar restaurants, and with our economic downtimes, it should come as no shock that more people are opting to eat-in or frequent cheaper places. But what isn't talked about in the news this week is how a system that Darden put in place in 2011 has really hurt their employees: