To any employer who is so worried that his employees would skip out based upon an advertisement: Lighten up. And take a hard look at your management style. If your employees are so fed up with you that they'd consider playing hooky based on a silly website, you're not creating a rewarding work environment, are you?
Odds are, though, that the folks who are quoted as complaining in these stories are simply providing knee-jerk reactions to a reporter -- ginning up a controversy that doesn't really exist. Reporters love this sort of thing cause it pads the byline count. And Tussauds exploited that brilliantly.
Now, don't I have a roller coaster to go ride someplace?
You've gotta love Tussauds' reaction, though...basically, "we don't care". Great stuff. The Federation of Small Businesses are downright stupid for kicking up a fuss though, basically advertising Tussauds' campaign for them.
If corporations in Britain are going to piss and moan about a commercial telling the public to skip out on work to hit up the the amusement park for a day, than I can see why the workers may want to take a day or two off. The bottom line is that people, or most people anyway...work hard for their money, and sometimes they deserve the day off, and it sounds to me like we have some uptight bosses in Britain who have a problem with someone taking a personal day. My advice to some corporate bosses is to seriously lighten up, quit being a scrooge, and think about taking a day or two at the amusement park themselves. I think that the PR move is a bit brash, but brilliant nonetheless. A day off from the real world is a good thing for those who work hard, and a roller coaster is one of the best escapes in the world.
Oh, wait, that was Brush.
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