1000 free hours for jobs

March 6th, 2009 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Hazel Phillips covers the neat initiative by DraftFCB:

DraftFCB is doing its bit for the recession by creating a concept called the 1000 Hours Fund – at an estimated cost of $200,000.

The agency ran a full-page ad in today’s New Zealand Herald to announce its offering.

The project came about after staff heard ideas generated at last week’s job summit, which prompted them into action. Notably, PM John Key’s exhortation that each of us can do something that could save someone’s job, create a new job or help someone else find a new job as soon as possible.

The 1000 Hours Fund is a pro bono project where the agency is promising to provide 1000 hours of its services gratis to companies that could – as a result – create more for Kiwis. The idea is to free up budgets to be spent in areas other than creating a communications campaign.

What a great initiative. Like ASB Bank, it is a win-win. Good for DraftFCB’s brand, and good for companies that want to create jobs, and can use this offer.

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30 Responses to “1000 free hours for jobs”

  1. jacob van hartog (309 comments) says:

    M John Key’s exhortation that each of us can do something that could save someone’s job, ..create a new job or help someone else find a new job as soon as possible.

    And how many job cuts has key and his ministers announced in the last few weeks alone. Maybe the cuts could be done 18 months down the track if they were really serious.

    But then the summit was all about the key brand ( and FCB could see that right away as they have followed) not about saving jobs

    [DPF: I love it how Jacob is such a bitter little man he can't even praise a company that is doing something to help - instead his normal rant about John Key. Maybe Jacob could tell us what he is doing to try and help keep people in jobs?]

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  2. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Yay! Neat!

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  3. getstaffed (9,189 comments) says:

    jacob – There is a difference between unproductive employment and productive employment. Key, along with most people with an IQ above room temperature, want less of the former and more of the latter. That you struggle with this concept doesn’t surprise me.

    Back on-topic – I agree. Innovative initiative.

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  4. big bruv (13,334 comments) says:

    “And how many job cuts has key and his ministers announced in the last few weeks alone”

    Given they are public service jobs and create no wealth I would say they have not sacked enough of them.

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  5. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Can this list (from The Standard) be correct? If so, that’s very worrying. Perhaps they could be employed on the new cycleway.

    In the one week since the Jobs Summit we’ve seen jobs lost at the following firms:

    Sealord – 180 jobs lost
    Irwin Industrial Tool Co – 105 jobs lost
    Nelson Pine – 60 jobs lost
    Pacific Brands – 90 jobs lost
    Tertiary Education Commission – 70 jobs lost
    Gunns Veneer – 20 jobs lost
    GE Money – 70 jobs lost
    CWF Hamilton – 30 jobs lost
    Transfield – 20 jobs lost
    CI Munro – 20 jobs lost

    [DPF: Well done - you have discovered we are in a global recession. You're a genius.]

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  6. Fernando (12 comments) says:

    Great. We’re privatizing our response to the economic crisis now. After all, this isn’t something you’d want the Government involved in….

    [DPF: Wow and another anti-business zealot who hates the private sector so much that he actually finds something to moan about in their donating $200,000 of time to help companies save jobs.]

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  7. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    Jacob, how is it right that one party gets to bloat the public service sectors and increase their pay at rates above that of the private sector, yet when the favourable economic conditions that permitted this reckless behaviour evaporate and another party has to pick up the pieces and get the country back on a more fiscally responsible track, you get to piss and moan. The real reason the public service cuts need to made is because a history professor made $3 billion dollars of dumb decisions that could have been used to create jobs during the global recession and make sure NZ is more strategically placed to make hay when the sun shines again.

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  8. getstaffed (9,189 comments) says:

    In the one week since the Jobs Summit …

    Lossed indeed. Some due to the global economic downturn, other dues to the utter rats arse that Labour made of NZs economic fair weather. So what’s your point?

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  9. big bruv (13,334 comments) says:

    Greenfly

    All those lost jobs are a tragedy (with the exception of the 70 at TEC, they are to be applauded) and all of those people who now find themselves without work have Labour to blame.

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  10. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    These job losses – not Labour’s fault, not National’s fault either, but it is NATIONAL’S RESPONSIBILITY to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

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  11. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    No Village, they are. They’re a result of a mismanaged economy without a strategic plan that operated on the assumption that world dairy and agriproduct prices would continue to go up and up and no one would ever realise that the Labour party overpaid for things like rail and failed in their telecommunication intervention because we’d all be drinking liquid gold and eating delicious platinum for breakfast. Labour had their chance to shift the economy, they didn’t, we’ve slipped backwards in the OECD rankings and because of their scorched earth fiscal policy, now National has no money left to address the financial problems we’re facing.

    This is where Labour supporters are deluded. There was nothing socialist about how Labour operated. A true socialist government would have executed effective intervention policies and at least lowered the costs of living. Actually, I take that back – Labour’s tax rates were the only socialist aspect of their reign. I believe a true socialist government that gave a shit about securing higher wages through better productivity and better job security for workers would have focused more on the economy instead of bloating health services. In that regard, a true socialist government would have been better to take the reigns from than the Labour party, which was merely a self-serving ego-driven roller coaster of lifetime civil servants who felt they were above the law and would do anything to cling to power. The Labour party was not a worker’s party. They’d have to give a shit about someone other than themselves for that to be so.

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  12. big bruv (13,334 comments) says:

    Village

    These job losses ARE Labour’s fault, no amount of lies will change that.

    You are right to suggest that it is up to the Nat’s to come up with a solution however keeping clearly non-viable companies going just to ensure jobs is hardly the way to do it, have a look at the complete fucking mess that B Hussein Messiah Obama has made of the USA by doing just that.

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  13. MT_Tinman (2,995 comments) says:

    Village Idiot (great name by the way – did you run a poll first?) now’s your chance.

    I’m sure the National-led government will happily consider your solution to the job losses.

    Go for it, show them how it’s done.

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  14. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Big Bruv – you are always quick off the mark to blame, blame, blame but you can hardly hide behind that whining forever. Those who clutch the rudder now are charged with the responsibility. let’s have less ‘but it was their fault’ and more (or at least some) gutsy action. So far, bluster and feel-good pap.
    Tin_Man – why do you think the NActional government would listen to Village Idiot and his ideas. They didn’t invite ‘his sort’ to their primped-up ‘Summit’

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  15. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    These job losses – not Labour’s fault, not National’s fault either, but it is NATIONAL’S RESPONSIBILITY to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    Well they were, but then the idiots of the media started howling for an end to scheduled tax cuts. They could drop minimum wage, but everyone else is pushing for it to go up to $15/hour, during a recession i.e. no increase in profits to fund it. They could balance the negotiation process while hiring, but the 90day probation bill is shouted down as “fire at will”. What exactly do you want? oh, you want hand outs? How does that generate wealth once it’s spent? Maybe the government could sell all and any property it owns? Sell all and any shares in companies? Drop an emissions tax?

    What do you suggest?

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  16. getstaffed (9,189 comments) says:

    They didn’t invite ‘his sort’ to their primped-up ‘Summit’

    Correct. Perhaps a bit edgy. Whereas hearing “Next session is led by Village Idiot” at a Labour Party organised summit would hardly raise an eyebrow :)

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  17. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    DPF said: ” You’re a genius.” and I thank you for the compliment! (Just goes to show you how selective reporting can paint a picture that doesn’t necessarily reflect reality, doesn’t it).
    getstaffed – quite right, you picked it. “Edgy” wouldn’t have fitted at the summit where it was suits all round.

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  18. jacob van hartog (309 comments) says:

    DPF: I love it how Jacob is such a bitter little man he can’t even praise a company that is doing something to help – instead his normal rant about John Key. Maybe Jacob could tell us what he is doing to try and help keep people in jobs?]

    A $30, 000 ad in the herald , that is all about self promotion will create jobs ? Pleeese

    And if the truth hurts and is called ‘bitter’ , well for me Im not interested in being a sycophant for John Key.

    As for jobs , some might say youve stolen my job from last year as the government cheerleader

    [DPF: We all know who you are a sycophant for. But you avoided the question. What have you done to help employment? I employ several dozen people, and am currently increasing staff numbers. And your contribution other than whine is ...]

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  19. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    Jacob, you clearly have nothing logical or constructive say, so I say this to you: Get out.

    This idea is brilliant and we need more companies to recognise that there are benefits to be had from being seen to help out at times like these.

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  20. jacob van hartog (309 comments) says:

    Big bruv says “And how many job cuts has key and his ministers announced in the last few weeks alone”

    Given they are public service jobs and create no wealth I would say they have not sacked enough of them.

    Ok the photocopier service man just checks a machine and adjusts the copiers . he created no wealth.
    His job like mine is part of the service economy, and probably most government jobs are the same.

    yet to big bruv, the Court case announced today where the guy bought a beach front house in Milford cheap at $2.5 mill and onsold it for $3.5 mill is ‘creating wealth’ ( BTW this paper wealth is what is wrong with the economy )

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  21. jacob van hartog (309 comments) says:

    Poor Dog , Im upsetting the poor dears.

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  22. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    No, there is nothing wrong with demand-induced wealth. It’s when people borrow against the value created by forecast demand that never eventuates that the problems begin. Unless of course, you don’t believe economies should ever grow.

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  23. dog_eat_dog (743 comments) says:

    You’re not upsetting me – I have far more important things to worry about in my life – but I consider it a civil service to tell you that if you think your sycophantic rantings about Key and National make you edgy or clever, it doesn’t. You just sound like an idiot.

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  24. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    DPF – I employ 5 people as well and have plans afoot to bring several more in (albeit part time) am I like you now? One of the good guys?

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  25. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    On the Kullen Klark issue Does anyone lese weep when they think of the BILLIONS of dollars these 2 arseholes knowingly and deliberately wasted during their 9 years of fiscal terror.

    IMHO we could have had a flat 25% personal company and trust rate regime with no tax on the first $20K of personal earnings and maintained a 5% max unemployed rate and run near break even for the next 3 years.

    The really sickening thing is that the Socialists ‘people” would have been the biggest beneficaries

    They are the 1st to lose their jobs and take the biggest.

    So much for the welfare state It was all about the welfare of Kullen and Klark

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  26. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    greenfly, hanging out with five other aphids while planning to mate with two of them does not constitute employer status. Whose rose garden are you feeding on?

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  27. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    It doesn’t? Good God!

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  28. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “.DPF: Well done – you have discovered we are in a global recession. You’re a genius.]..”

    i must say..dpf…reading those words from you..has my irony-o-meter going off the dial..

    ..um..!..far from you saying that to greenfly..

    ..shouldn’t i be saying that to you..?

    ..and..when did that penny drop for you..?

    ..xmas time..?

    (well done tho’..!..eh..?

    ..better (very) late than never..eh..?)

    ..phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  29. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    chrs for the heads-up on the free advice tho’..

    ..thought i’d ask..eh..?

    ..(someone else promised to do that for me..a while back now..who was that now..?.

    ..a rightwinger..i think…)

    ..and ..is/was his subsequent failure to deliver..?

    ..is that a/the definition of ‘tory charity’..?

    ..’just saying it is enough’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  30. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Waikato Times reports the loss of jobs at Ci Munro in Hamilton as the 19th of February.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/1751828

    In the one week since the summit etc.

    Are we working with the same calender? I just randomly chose the last on on the Standards list.

    The Pinkos are lying cheating, and thieving arrogant intellectual socialist bastards.

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