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McDonald’s Suggests Hungry, Stressed Employees Should Break Up Food, Go On Vacation

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Fast food giant McDonald’s is once again in trouble for advice it offered to its employees. Advocacy group Low Pay Is Not OK pointed out this week that the company’s employee portal offers the low-wage workers unrealistic and unhelpful advice for dealing with stress and financial hardship, while the company itself continues to reap billions in profits.

The YouTube video shows screenshots of the McDonald’s “McResources” web page. The site features supposed facts and suggestions, such as:

  • “At least two vacations a year can cut heart attack risk by 50%”
  • “Singing along to your favorite songs can lower your blood pressure”
  • “Breaking food into little pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full”
  • “Stress hormone levels rise by 15% after ten minutes of complaining”

(But really, with your bite-sized meal and a song in your heart, what do you have to complain about?!)

A section of the website on holiday-related debt suggests that employees return unopened purchases, and sell their possessions on Craigslist and Ebay.

The average McDonald’s employee makes about $7.72 an hour, $0.47 above the national minimum wage.

The company received criticism over the summer for offering its employees a sample budget that tacitly acknowledged that workers require a second full-time job to make ends meet. The budget also excluded realistic spending for things like food, gas, heating, and healthcare.

Weeks later, fast food workers across the country staged protests demanding a living wage.

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