Sunday, September 15, 2019

All Workers Should Know About This Option

Employee brings Clown as support to Redundancy Meeting

Looking back over my 40+ years in the workforce there are many times I could have used a clown as support at some of the work-related meetings I had to attend.  Please read the following report from the BBC and I will have final comments to follow:

New Zealand: Man brings clown to redundancy meeting


When copy writer Josh Thompson received an ominous email from his bosses asking to discuss his role at the company, he knew he was facing redundancy.

The human resources department at FCB New Zealand encouraged him to bring a "support person" to help cushion the blow, an option that is legally required in New Zealand.

But rather than bring a family member, a friend or even a pet, the part-time stand-up comedian decided to splash out NZ$200 (£100) on a clown called "Joe".

"I was working - because I had a job back then - and I got an email and the email said: 'Hi Josh we'd like to meet with you to discuss some matters in regards to your role,'" he told the BBC from Australia, where he has been "making the most of not having a job".

"Basically I sensed that this was going to be a redundancy ... so I thought I might as well try to make the best out of this situation," he added

"Joe" accompanied Josh for the redundancy meeting, where the clown made balloon animals, although he had to be told to stop a few times as it was difficult to hear above the screeching of plastic.

"Boy, oh, boy, are they noisy," Josh said.

When Josh was finally delivered the hammer blow that he was to lose his job, the clown reacted accordingly.

"He nodded his head along when I received the bad news as if he was also receiving the bad news," Josh said.

"Professionalism at its finest, really."

Josh said he'd highly recommend hiring a clown as support for any suspected redundancy meeting.

"If you've got family, friends, step mums, step dads, step kids, bring them by all means," he said.

"But if there's a clown available, especially Joe, I'd definitely recommend it."

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Greencrow  says:  What a genius idea Josh had and what a contribution to humanity for him to have shared it with all of us!  Most of us can remember sitting in that chair like Josh was sitting in in the photo above.  A sterile chair in a sterile room facing a sterile supervisor doing a sterile job.  Particularly those of us who've worked in the public service.

People ask me what I liked most and what I liked least about my former job as a child protection social worker for the provincial government.  I always answer that I liked working with children and families most.  I never got tired of that and the feeling from time to time that I was actually able to make a positive difference in their lives.  What I liked least was the bureaucracy.  All the petty rules [subject to change at a moment's notice] all the huge binders of small factoids that you were responsible for memorizing.  All the tin pot dictator supervisors who thrive and prosper in such a sheltered [unionized] work environment.  All it takes is to run up against one of them...to destroy your career.

Luckily, my last supervisor was the most competent and skilled of all my working years.  She was fun to work with and gave me the freedom to do my best with enthusiasm.  Unfortunately, she went on a year of maternity leave and was temporarily replaced by a tin pot dictator.  I could not survive in that environment for even two months.  I ended up sitting in a chair like the one above...and handed in my resignation at the ripe old age of 67.  Had my real supervisor not gone away on mat leave...I would easily have worked till 70.  My only regret, now, is that when I sat in that chair to hand in my resignation...I did not have a clown with me as a support person.  THAT would have been perfect!

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