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Zoo Advertising’s “tactful moment” on email …

I-filed 1 December 2011 50

Filed under “Timing could have been better”: here is an email I’ve been forwarded, that Zoo decided to send out to its federal government clients, letting everyone know how they plan to spend a tiny bit of their profit margin pimped off the taxpayer, JUST as news of the budget cuts and efficiency squeeze threatening jobs was breaking over the heads of every public servant around the country …

From: ‘Clinton Hutchinson’ [mailto:clinton.hutchinson@zooadvertising.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 29 November 2011 5:24 PM
To: Xxxxxx, Xxxxx
Subject: We’re taking a short break

Dear Clients,

On the 8th and 9th of December 2011, everybody at ZOO Advertising will be taking a two day break.

It’s been a busy year for ZOO, so to say a big thank you to all of our staff we’re taking everyone to Hamilton Island to relax, unwind and sip drinks with miniature umbrellas that – I can only assume – stop our cocktails from getting burnt. The plan is, as well as avoiding sunburn, everyone will come back feeling fresh and extra imaginative, ready for 2012.

However, this means we won’t be open on these two days, but we will re-open again as usual on Monday 12 December until our Christmas closure on the Friday 23 December.

Yours sincerely,

Clinton Hutchinson

P.S In the event of an emergency, please contact our office on our normal number (6260 8777) and your call will be diverted to somebody who will be able to help you.

Clinton Hutchinson
Partner/Managing Director

L3, 59 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, ACT 2604
P (02) 6260 8777 zooadvertising.com.au


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Chop71 12:57 pm 05 Dec 11

swimsuit pics please …… oh not zoo magazine ……… waste

buzz819 12:32 pm 05 Dec 11

Ian said :

I got a week in Beijing from my company a few years ago. A bit of team building, a few motivational lectures, some sightseeing and shopping and loads of drinking and eating – it was great fun and recognition for helping sell a s***load of stuff to government agencies.

Sorry… That just made me laugh….

Ian 11:29 am 05 Dec 11

I got a week in Beijing from my company a few years ago. A bit of team building, a few motivational lectures, some sightseeing and shopping and loads of drinking and eating – it was great fun and recognition for helping sell a s***load of stuff to government agencies.

Classified 10:46 am 05 Dec 11

This sort of thing is common in the private sector. Yawn.

Ex Warrior 9:29 am 05 Dec 11

Jethro said :

Grail said :

Get used to the fact that things work differently in different classes of society. And get used to the fact that we do have different classes of society, most clearly delineated by how much you earn and where you live.

I live in outer-Belcompton (unfortunately, I don’t have the tats to prove it).

I earn $25 000 a year.

Yet I’ve still wrangled a free trip to Hamilton Island at least once in my life.

/me for the win.

Somebody didn’t put in at school!!!

Ex Warrior 9:28 am 05 Dec 11

“Get used to the fact that things work differently in different classes of society. And get used to the fact that we do have different classes of society, most clearly delineated by how much you earn and where you live.”

I live in outer-Belcompton (unfortunately, I don’t have the tats to prove it).

I earn $25 000 a year.

Yet I’ve still wrangled a free trip to Hamilton Island at least once in my life.

/me for the win

somebody didn’t put in a school!!!

alaninoz 7:10 am 05 Dec 11

jcitizen said :

The fact that youd be looking at the future quotes or tenders says that you probably are a public servant.
If you are wouldnt you be more worried about the massive wasted tax payer funds that the public service throws straight into the hoppers every year in the form of “unwanted and used furniture?
It seems to me that if you public servants stopped giving all of this great Furniture, that is often still in clean and tidy condition and sometimes seems as good as brand new, to their mates for nothing on a regular basis, and either sold it or donated it to charity. then maybe someone would listen too your whinge.
Just today I was told of three seperate agencies(public service) who were” throwing out ” or (giving away to their staff and mates) such items as desks,filing cabinets, and computer desk chairs and in large numbers, I even recieved a chair, like brand new, to prove it.

So whos realy doing the wrong thing here ?

I didn’t say anyone was doing anything wrong.

I agree there’s considerable waste, but there’s only so much one person can fix.

jcitizen 7:20 pm 04 Dec 11

alaninoz said :

Sure, private companies can do whatever they like with their profits – but I’d be looking closely at their future quotes to ensure they’re competitive, and I’d REALLY be looking closely at any justification for sole-sourcing to them.

The fact that youd be looking at the future quotes or tenders says that you probably are a public servant.
If you are wouldnt you be more worried about the massive wasted tax payer funds that the public service throws straight into the hoppers every year in the form of “unwanted and used furniture?
It seems to me that if you public servants stopped giving all of this great Furniture, that is often still in clean and tidy condition and sometimes seems as good as brand new, to their mates for nothing on a regular basis, and either sold it or donated it to charity. then maybe someone would listen too your whinge.
Just today I was told of three seperate agencies(public service) who were” throwing out ” or (giving away to their staff and mates) such items as desks,filing cabinets, and computer desk chairs and in large numbers, I even recieved a chair, like brand new, to prove it.

So whos realy doing the wrong thing here ?

grunge_hippy 5:45 pm 04 Dec 11

wish we could close school for a couple of days and piss off to a tropical island….

are zoo hiring???

davo101 5:23 pm 04 Dec 11

Sounds as if the ACT Chamber of Commerce has more of a clue:

ACT Chamber of Commerce chief executive Christopher Peters said bosses had to be careful about the messages their parties sent to both staff and clients.

”They don’t want to be seen to be overly lavish at a time when people are being careful with their own finances,” he said.

”However, they are being careful to make sure people are using the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and not being Scrooge at all.

”They want to maintain the merriment of the season and the sense of community, but not waste money in doing so.”

Jethro 9:44 pm 02 Dec 11

Grail said :

Get used to the fact that things work differently in different classes of society. And get used to the fact that we do have different classes of society, most clearly delineated by how much you earn and where you live.

I live in outer-Belcompton (unfortunately, I don’t have the tats to prove it).

I earn $25 000 a year.

Yet I’ve still wrangled a free trip to Hamilton Island at least once in my life.

/me for the win.

Stirred25 9:02 pm 02 Dec 11

As a “junior” public servant who sources quotes, the decision isn’t left up to me. If it is done properly there is quite a lengthy procurement process..

I think that it is a smart business move by Zoo.. Their staff are their business. Reward your staff and your staff and they will stay and not be tempted to go to the public service with higher salaries, almost double the super and flextime!

RedDogInCan 9:37 am 02 Dec 11

Anna Key said :

I agree that private companies should do what they like with their profits, but out of interest, would this also be a legitimate, tax deductible expense?

Oh I’m sure they would have scheduled sufficient ‘team building’ activities to justify it as a staff training expense. Nothing builds team cohesion like a few games of beach volleyball.

Jazz 8:46 am 02 Dec 11

Anna, yes it probably is.

Clinton has put together a great team at Zoo & as an initiative to attract, recognise and retain staff i’ve got no problems with giving them something extra or unexpected. Two thumbs up.

chewy14 8:39 am 02 Dec 11

JimT said :

If their tenders are competitive, I don’t see how what they do with their profits is any of your concern. quote]

Exactly the point, so why would they feel the need to advertise this fact to their clients?

No one cares that they make a profit or indeed what they do with that profit, it’s just bad form to send something like this to your clients.

JimT said :

Ha ha ha ha.
This is gold coming from, what I assume is a public servant who enjoys the benefit of flex time that those in the private sector don’t receive?
Agency staff work hard to produce good work on jobs where costs are often heavily scrutinised.
The agency I’m fortunate to work for was generous enough to take it’s staff to the Hunter Valley this year – but don’t worry – none of our clients are Government clients, so none of your hard earned tax dollars funded my excessive wine tasting afternoons….
If their tenders are competitive, I don’t see how what they do with their profits is any of your concern. If you feel left out, perhaps you could leave the safety and security of your APS job and come and work in the private sector where you may get better perks, but could be made redundant whenever the work dries up (which does happen in advertising from time to time).

+ elventy billion

shadow boxer 8:00 am 02 Dec 11

Let them have their Hamilton island holiday, they work in advertising and sold their souls to the mighty dollar a long time ago. There needs to be some sort of return.

Seriously though who rubs their clients noses in the fact they are going on holidays at company expense. Just call it a planning day and leave it at that.

JimT 2:06 am 02 Dec 11

Ha ha ha ha.
This is gold coming from, what I assume is a public servant who enjoys the benefit of flex time that those in the private sector don’t receive?
Agency staff work hard to produce good work on jobs where costs are often heavily scrutinised.
The agency I’m fortunate to work for was generous enough to take it’s staff to the Hunter Valley this year – but don’t worry – none of our clients are Government clients, so none of your hard earned tax dollars funded my excessive wine tasting afternoons….
If their tenders are competitive, I don’t see how what they do with their profits is any of your concern. If you feel left out, perhaps you could leave the safety and security of your APS job and come and work in the private sector where you may get better perks, but could be made redundant whenever the work dries up (which does happen in advertising from time to time).

Anna Key 10:26 pm 01 Dec 11

I agree that private companies should do what they like with their profits, but out of interest, would this also be a legitimate, tax deductible expense?

astrojax 9:23 pm 01 Dec 11

so, op, when should zoo have let you know their plans for their well-earned break?

+1 to what grail says, for mine… time for those left behind in dismal canberra to have a non-umbrella’d cup of harden the farkup, what…

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