Apple and Facebook egg-freezing offer goes down a (media) storm
16th October 2014
Some people may view this news as negative PR for the companies involved, but I’d be inclined to disagree. Apple and Facebook have both announced a new perk for its female employees; the opportunity to have their eggs frozen, for non-medical reasons, with the bill picked up by their employer.
Nope, I’m not talking about eggs of the chocolate or chicken variety; rather, the fertility, baby-making kind. What’s your immediate reaction to this? Are you sat, mouth agape, wondering how Apple and Facebook could possibly lure women into long, childless careers with them in such a way?
Or are you thinking what a great idea it is? After all, Silicon Valley companies are still very much male-dominated in terms of employee demographic. So will this encourage more talented women to pursue a longer career with Facebook or Apple and put motherhood on the back burner in favour of progression, knowing that their eggs are safe on ice somewhere to use later in life? Perhaps.
Bearing in mind this could cost the companies up to $20,000 for each woman who opts to take them up on the offer, it’s a bold move. However, I have an inkling; which is, not many women will take Facebook and Apple up on this offer, but the announcement has resulted in loads of media coverage (largely positive or neutral). So, was it all in the name of PR?
If the idea of this was to generate some media attention, it has worked. Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg has just donated $25 million to help fight Ebola, so that’s another nice bit of PR for the Facebook founder (and a very generous move at that).
Somewhere (Singapore) in a fast food chain branch (Pizza Hut), someone is surely getting the sack, or at least one huge slap on the wrist. A customer named Aili Si ordered two pizzas in the Bukit Merah branch and when she was handed her bill at the end of the meal she got more than she bargained for; a blatant insult.
On the bottom of her receipt, the member of staff serving her had written “Pink Fat Lady”. Whether that was meant as a means of identifying her, a prank or just a complete lack of tact is by the by; it was offensive and she quite rightly was not impressed.
She took to Facebook, where she posted a photo of the receipt, and said that she hoped “to be treated with basic respect deserved by any others” and that she wanted an apology from Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut dealt with the situation well and issued an apology quickly, saying, “That should not have happened at all and we feel that we cannot begin to appropriately apologise to you at this point, but we are, indeed, sorry for this.”
Unfortunately for Pizza Hut though, the alleged actions of one member of staff have still caused the company a right headache. The picture was shared hundreds of times on social media, if not more times by now. The story appeared on the Metro, Daily Mirror and Daily Star websites, along with pieces written up by various other media outlets.
Shannon Haigh, 10 Yetis, @ShazzaYeti on Twitter
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