It was back to the floor for the top brass at Brighton-based
Midnight Communications as the firm celebrated national secretaries'
MD Caraline Brown, and directors Helen Yeardsley, Vicki Hughes, Claire
Mason and Anthony Mayfield were reduced to envelope stuffing, reception
duties and tea making.
In return, secretaries Sue Shanley, Alison Wright, Natalie Still and
Gemma Jackson assumed managerial duties.
Well, when the agency says managerial duties, the powers that be thought
better than to trust their firm in the hands of lower mortals. Instead
of cutting deals, hiring and firing and arranging the books, Shanley et
al spent most of their day at lunch.
Brown said: 'It is only by experience that you can understand what
people do on a day-to-day basis on our behalf. There's nothing for
appreciating the hard work that goes on like doing it yourself.'
Hopefully, the secretaries have now understood the influence of PR
directors on the restaurant trade. There's nothing like a long lunch to
make staff aware just what the board do all day.