CAMPAIGN DIARY: How Lesley’s staff set her up with engaging new receptionist job

After Partners BDDH’s slave auction earlier in the year, the trend seems to have caught on. WWAV Rapp Collins is the latest to find out how much staff will fork out to humiliate and embarrass their superiors.

After Partners BDDH’s slave auction earlier in the year, the trend

seems to have caught on. WWAV Rapp Collins is the latest to find out how

much staff will fork out to humiliate and embarrass their superiors.



Apart from an auction, four of WWAV’s staff gave up an hour of their

time to the highest bidder, vowing to do ’almost anything’ for their

buyers.



Although Gavin Hilton, a senior data planning consultant, went for the

bargain-basement sum of pounds 35, the client services directors, John

Eversley and Gerry Scott, secured marginally higher bids of pounds 45

and pounds 60 respectively.



Unsurprisingly, the smart money was all bidding for an hour of ferocious

managing director Lesley Mair’s time.



WWAV’s despatch boys won the race by pledging a whopping pounds 180 for

her - but her talents were to be deployed elsewhere. In a

well-orchestrated conspiracy, the girls on the agency’s reception had

e-mailed everyone to request that whoever ’bought’ Mair should get her

to answer the telephones on reception. They even specified the hour when

they wanted her - between 10am and 11am, their busiest time.



Mair, good sport that she is, carried out her half of the bargain and

sat on reception for the duration. It was even rumoured that she

actually managed to put a call through to the right extension at least

once.



As you know, we’re not ones to gossip, but we heard that most of the

final figure of pounds 5,000 raised was generated by enterprising

members of staff selling tickets for people to view this memorable

event.



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