New Zealand copywriter takes emotional support clown to redundancy meeting

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A New Zealand copywriter introduced knowledgeable clown as his help individual to his redundancy assembly, native media reported on Friday.

The copywriter, Josh Thompson, labored for FCB New Zealand, an promoting company. 

When he obtained an electronic mail saying “bad news, we’re having a meeting to discuss your role”, Mr Thompson determined to rent a clown to “spice up the meeting”, he instructed Magic Speak Radio.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the clown made balloon animals, together with a poodle and a unicorn, in the course of the assembly, and mimed crying when redundancy paperwork was handed over. 

Mr Thompson mentioned he paid NZ$200 (£102) for the clown’s providers, and added that it was essential he have knowledgeable with him given the scenario. 

A help individual in New Zealand generally is a member of their union, a lawyer, pal, member of the family, or colleague. Employment New Zealand states the aim of a help individual is to provide “support, help with understanding of the issues and take notes so that the employee can focus on the meeting”.

Nevertheless, Mr Thompson instructed Magic Speak Radio: “It was rather noisy him making balloon animals so we had to tell him to be quiet from time to time.” 

Regardless of that, the copywriters mentioned his bosses “could see the humorous side of it”.

In the UK, staff can solely take commerce union representatives or colleagues to redundancy conferences.

A spokesperson for FCB refused to remark to the New Zealand Herald, citing firm coverage of not commenting on particular person employment issues out of respect for the worker. 

It’s believed Josh misplaced his job resulting from restructuring after FCB misplaced the Vodaphone advert account. 

Mr Thompson has landed a brand new job in Australia with DDB, one other promoting company. The New Zealand Herald reported that the brand new firm did not touch upon the rent, mentioned it was conscious of balloon-related exercise and that that its workers had been frightened of clowns. 

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