Employee relations the Len Brown way

Last week I broke the news that James Bews-Hair had been sacked from the mayor’s office.

So far the only statement from the office has been perfunctory and not at all clear.

What I do know though is the method in which the dismissal was communicated.

All the staff were called to a meeting and Phil Wilson outlined to all the restructuring that was going to take place effective immediately. On which planet has a politician’s office ever been ‘restructured’?

A nice flow chart of positions and names was presented and guess who wasn’t on the chart…that’s right James Bews-Hair.

Imagine the embarrassment of your boss doing that in front of all staff and then not even informing or discussing the implications of the restructure with the person left off the charts.  

On top of that you know that you have to go home and tell your ailing wife, who is fighting cancer, that you just got restructured but not the exact detail.

We already know how Len Brown deals with people fighting cancer…he started a relationship with Bevan Chuang to help him through…now it appears his spin doctors have the same level of empathy the mayor has displayed.

If it wasn’t so serious it would be exactly like the episode in The Office where David Brent tells the staff who is staying on and passes over a staff member as he goes around the room saying”You’re not going to lose your job” and “You’re not going to lose your job”. If I could find the video I’d post it.

It certainly looks like David Brent is based on Phil Wilson.

 


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  • Col

    Not a good look, and the stress he and his wife are going through, I wish anyone the best result when that bloody cancer pops it’s ugly head.
    What goes around comes around, hang in James.

  • boristhefrog

    I smell an trip to the Employment Court for all involved… constructive dismissal I think is the term, although I don’t know much about employment law…

  • Steve R

    How dare you compare my favourite tv show to this err well ummmm Oh fuck

  • Reid

    That’s simply cruel. You know someone by those with whom he surrounds himself. This whole affair is painting a picture of not just someone who lacks self-control and a sense of right and wrong, but someone who also lacks empathy and basic human kindness as well.

    The sooner Auckland voters wake up to the man behind the election slogan, the better.

    • 4077th

      Psychiatrists have a name for people with these traits…

  • fozzie2

    “All the staff were called to a meeting and Phil Wilson outlined to
    all the restructiring that was going to take place effective
    immediately.
    A nice flow chart of positions and names was presented and guess who wasn’t on the chart…that’s right James Bews-Hair.
    Imagine the embarrassment of your boss doing that in front of all
    staff and then not even informing or discussing the implications of the
    restructure with the person left off the charts”

    Whale a version of this is happening across New Zealand every day – people and loosing jobs – not by the one but the 10s and in several cases this last week.

    They have wives and families some with life threatening conditions, or are in circumstances that mean loosing their job will cause deep financial hardship – I don’t see you giving so much as a rats arse for them…. crocodile tears for Mr Bews Hair …. it all about scoring points and keeping your rather odd crusade against Brown alive.

    Waiting for the developments you have been promising for over 3 weeks now – when do you realise the ship has already sailed and that poor singing fat lady is taking the shape of Twiggy.

    • Col

      Yep people get put off true, but in front of the staff, and they didn’t know until the meeting, and he didn’t know,not a good look, could have been done better don’t you think?
      And the Fat lady has not sailed away.

    • Reid

      fozzie the cruelty lies in:

      …not even informing or discussing the implications of the restructure with the person left off the charts

      If the restructures you’ve been involved in have replicated that particular tactic, then can I suggest you’re doing something wrong in your own employment, because that’s not what usually happens to the rest of us.

      • fozzie2

        Reid have attaended several redundancies where a version of that happens – Whale is wailing about a situation that happens around NZ every day of the week – whether you are left off a chart or out in the cold – you still don’t have a f*** job !

        • Reid

          Yes, to repeat fozzie, the point is not the losing of the job but the lack of communication to the affected party. That is the cruelty.

        • Jester

          I’m hardly surprised you have been made redundant several times fozzie. Dropkicks always struggle remaining in gainful employment. Perhaps you’re just hardwired for welfare buddy.

          • fozzie2

            Oh dear the prejudicial judgement gene is strong in this one …

          • Bad__Cat

            So is the tendency to speak to one’s self.

    • Pissedoffyouth

      “Whale a version of this is happening across New Zealand every day –
      people and loosing jobs – not by the one but the 10s and in several
      cases 100’s this last week.”
      Guess what, a shit ton of jobs are being created too. you are wrong.

    • Takes time to get the required level of evidence…there is plenty more to come, but hey you go right on justifying Brown’s actions…I doubt you’d be quite so accommodating if it was John Banks

      • Dave

        People lose their jobs every day, some for being slack, some for not doing their job, they miss the news. However, here we have a ROUGE mayor, who is sacking or having ACC staff / contractors sacked, who worked on HIS PERSONAL spin campaign. If the Hair went because of that, Len MUST PAY for all the PR teams time, plus most of the mayoral support’s time over the last few weeks, and on and off prior to that.

        Cam, Please keep shining the light where it needs to be, hold it directly into Lens eyes. There is nothing squeaky clean about lying Len.

        • tspoon

          A rouge mayor is one that wears makeup. We’ve got him for a lot of things Dave. but I don’t think we’ve got him for that….

          • Dave

            Thanks tspoon, correction made…….. And, we don’t know if he wears makeup, given his pale cheeks of late, he probably does wear makeup, perhaps given his sexual prowess, there is a possibility he might dress up as a Trannie, who knows ??? .

      • fozzie2

        Read my posts Whale – I have never justified Brown – he is an idiot to put himself in this position . I fine however the just hypocrisy on all sides of this ‘affair’ breathtaking. Like Brown I have no truck with Banks – sorry his mind fade act did not fool everyone – the situation he faces is also of his own making – only for him the stakes are much higher a criminal conviction as opposed to well just not knowing when to zip it !

        • Agent BallSack

          The people commenting HERE are not hypocrites. Ordinary people living our humdrum lives expecting the elected officials to do their jobs SANS ejaculate

    • GarethsPussy

      Yep. Sadly the fat lady has sung, the media have moved on, and Team Lentils has survived and may indeed prosper.

      Back to normal transmission, I guess. What has The Messiah been up to?

      • Patrick

        Mayor Brown back at work, he has got his feet under the desk & hands at the ready.
        All that is needed now is a nubile young willing intern & normal service is resumed, remember a happy Mayor is a wanking Mayor.
        Or should that be the other way around, a wanking Mayor is a happy Mayor?

  • rockape

    Seargeant Major gets the troop on parade,at the top of his voice says he has an announcment. “Jones your mothers Dead!’ Jones immediately breaks down runs to his platoon commander in tears. Platoon commander calls in Sgt Maj “Next time be a bit more subtle for Gods sake”
    A week later Sgt Maj gets them back on parade. ” all those with a father one pace forward march! Where do you think your going Jones?”

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