Over the years I heard some pretty awful stories about business owners and executives, but today’s conversation has pushed me to a place where I can no longer be silent. I’m calling this category Dumb Stupid Sh** Business Owners Say. I apologize in advance if I offend any of you. Now only if those business owners would do the same and apologize to their employees for their stupid and insensitive remarks.
We’ll begin this category of postings with what I hope will be the worst situation that I write about. A friend of mine just informed her employer that she has cancer and will be out for a brief period of time. The owner, who had just had surgery for breast cancer, (which by the way my friend worked double shifts to keep the restaurant going in the owner’s absence), angrily asked my friend why she was scheduling life saving surgery during one of their busy times. My friend was so stunned that she responded by saying, “The next time I get cancer I will try to schedule it around our busy time.”
Seriously folks, we live in a small community where everyone helps one another out except apparently this crappy owner who doesn’t have an ounce of empathy in her entire body. Telling employees, who are in for the fight of their lives, that their cancer is an inconvenience to you is appalling. My friend, who is in no position to look for a new job, has to continue to show up every day and pretend that she matters.
I on the other hand, have plenty of time to help her find work. So if you or anyone you know is interested in an awesome chef whose specialty is desserts, do let me know. Nothing would make me happier than to help someone in need. Too bad her employer doesn’t feel this way.
You are welcome to share your stories here on my blog. Together, we can make a difference.