Blog – Update: Adecco ‘make it right’ with Turner Barr

On Monday, I blogged about the plight of ‘Around the World in 80 Jobs’ blogger, Turner Barr, and his battle with jobs giant Adecco.
To sum up a long story, Turner was at his wits end after discovering Adecco had lifted his concept and neatly packaged it up as a ‘Around the World in 80 Jobs’ competition on their Facebook page.
Suffice to say he was not amused – and neither was the blogging community, which quickly filled Adecco’s Twitter and Facebook feeds with comments backing Turner.
The #80jobs and #makeitright hashtags rapidly became the calling card for his campaign.
And yesterday some good news emerged. Adecco has apologised profusely and reached a more than amicable agreement with Turner.
The jobs company posted the following statement on its website yesterday morning:

We have spoken with Turner and have come to an agreement about how we can make it right with him. Sometimes corporations can make mistakes. We are sorry, Turner.
We will also deliver on our promise to the youngsters who won and deserve a unique job experience. We will make sure that every winner experiences the possibilities and opportunities the world of work brings.
We’ve learned a lot in the past few weeks. We will work to make this right. We will do this because we are a company of great people who sometimes make mistakes, learn from them and do better next time.

And this was later followed up by a post on Turner’s own blog confirming that a compromise had been reached.
In it he revealed that Adecco had ‘graciously accepted all of the terms for common ground I brought forth’ – these had been outlined in a previous ‘open letter’ to the company.
Perhaps best of all, Adecco will be donating $50,000 to the SaveElephant.org foundation, a move which will go a long way towards helping captive and injured elephants have better lives in Southeast Asia.
The result of the case is a great example of the power of social media and the travel blogging community.
Well done to Adecco to stepping up to the plate and making it right, and a huge well done to Turner for fighting his corner, harnessing the love and winning a great victory.


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