NIT – McDonald’s has yanked its infamous “McResource” employee website after a series of gaffes and anti-McDonald’s posts found their way to the site.
The site was deigned to give employees personal-finance advice and other resources.
“We have offered the McResource program to help our valued McDonald’s employees with work and life guidance created by independent third party experts,” McDonald’s said. “A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website.”
One of the most-talked about posts on the site was a document that explained “practical money skills” that advises employees to “learn to spend and save wisely” and to “discover where your money goes.” The document includes a sample budget with “savings goals” and an allotted amount for a monthly health care premium of $20.
“Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald’s team members,” McDonald’s explained after it scrapped the McResource site.
McDonald’s and other fast-food providers have come under increased scrutiny in recent months due to paying low wages with little or no benefits, even to the point of employees walking out on their jobs and protesting.
McDonald’s has fought the criticism, saying the protests were “rallies” that were “staged” by “outside groups.” The long-time fast food chain said that “our owner-operators are committed to providing our employees with opportunities to succeed. We offer employees advancement opportunities, competitive pay and benefits. And we invest in training and professional development that helps them learn practical and transferable business skills.”