McDonald’s Employees Told to Stay at Home During Store Renovation – Then, Their Boss Does Something Surprising – Women After 40

They say most people don’t quit a job, they quit their boss. Perhaps that’s why McDonald’s owner Tony Philiou has such a low employee turnover: the way he treats his employees is downright magical.

Why a McDonald’s was closed for three months

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Philiou is aware of the many challenges of being a worker in the service industry, especially in the wake of the pandemic. So when his restaurant closed for renovations last March, he decided to continue paying all 90 employees their regular wages for more than three months.

“How are these people supposed to make it without paychecks?” said Philou The Washington Post about his conversation with himself at the time.

“There wasn’t anyone in the world who could change my mind about what I thought was right,” he continued. “What they already deserved, they got.”

The owner admitted that it was a big investment, but it was worth it. “You haven’t lost a penny,” he added. “If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely do the same.”

A man’s story with McDonald’s

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According to the store’s CEO, Ed Kocsis, everyone was surprised by their boss’s decision to keep paying them for three months — a time that would essentially be a vacation for them.

“The staff were overwhelmed and extremely grateful,” Kocsis told the publication. However, he admits he wasn’t shocked. He has worked at McDonald’s since he was 15 and is saving for college.

He continued to work there throughout the summers and vacations, and when he graduated, Philiou hired him as supervisor. He’s been there ever since.

“Our turnover is very low compared to other quick service restaurants,” Kocsis added. “I think it’s because they enjoy working here and are treated with respect. They feel comfortable working here, so they want to stay.”

Philiou wants to see the success of his employees because he used to be a line worker. The man started working at McDonald’s in 1962 when he was being paid 90 cents an hour to cut cheese. McDonald’s Employees Told to Stay at Home During Store Renovation – Then, Their Boss Does Something Surprising – Women After 40

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