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Banquo's Ghost
15 April 2019 - 9:20pm
Peter, one possible aspect of contract renewal delays hasn't been mentioned - whether 2GB or Nine (or Jones personally, if he's engaged as a "contractor") have managed to secure liability insurance for Alan's content. The premium would probably be a screamer. If it turned out that he was uninsurable, would a company such as 2GB be willing to put ink to paper and self-insure? If Alan Jones left 2GB would it be for love or money?
Radioman
15 April 2019 - 6:43am
Gee - sounds like the AM version of Triple M's "No BS Lunch" Piggy party and Winx poo at Macquarie Sports Radio
Steve Ahern
14 April 2019 - 1:01am
Darren,
Thanks, good point.
I agree, if it is not well handled, good staff will leave.
Regards, Steve
The challenge of managing bullies
Dik Spence
13 April 2019 - 2:47pm
Wouldn't too much information through RDS on a car radio screen just add to a long list of distractions drivers already face in 2019?
Whilst many of us desire to keep up with the latest technologies I think car makers could find themselves with blood on their hands with all the connectivity they gleefully boast in new models, essentially allowing drivers to access everything on their phones whilst behind the wheel. Sure, they display a disclaimer on the screen that you have to agree to when you start the vehicle, but really? Pressing "agree" is just lip service so you can drive off. Until the majority of vehicles on our roads are truly autonomous I think we should back off from in car connected technologies and excessive information displays.
Get your in-car screen displays right: Paul Jacobs #NABShow
Darren Moss
13 April 2019 - 11:46am
Hey Steve, a good read and some good tips.

You say: '"HR’s primary role is to protect the company, not always to solve the problem."

I think that's part of the challenge when dealing with bullies.
If HR is not equipped or wanting to deal with the problem, it will keep recurring. Good people won't put up with a poor working environment, they will just leave.

That doesn't help anyone, especially the station since it will likely loose more good talent than it needs to - the same talent the station relies on to grow it's marketshare.

In my experience I've watched senior people in our industry bullying and sh*t-canning their own staff to management and others, at the same time pretending to be a good bloke or a "mate" of the staff they crapped on.

It's sucks for people on the receiving end and it's pretty average watching your work colleagues copping it for no fault of their own, especially when they are not aware their so called colleague is actually shafting them.

It's gotta be called out mate. Simple. Not easy, but simple.
The challenge of managing bullies
Steve Ahern
12 April 2019 - 6:32pm
Anthony,
Thanks, good point about the wording. Point taken.
Because I was recounting a past conversation and I did use that word at the time (now I know I should have said something different) I have left the article as it is, but acknowledge your point and will know better next time.
Thanks as always for your insightful comments.
Steve
The challenge of managing bullies
Neil Docherty
12 April 2019 - 5:23pm
Totally agree with Paul, you have your audience sitting right in front of you who are hungry for instant information......still missing from RDS is:
• Breaking news headline grabs
• Entertainment news grabs
• Station website to register for giveaways
• Traffic update and breakdown grabs
• Current promos
Get your in-car screen displays right: Paul Jacobs #NABShow
Anthony The Koala
12 April 2019 - 8:07am
Great technology for enriching the main broadcast with graphics and other information about the talent, the music. Such technology may well be more suitable for a hifi unit rather than a car. The latter may direct the driver's attention to the radio's rich information display instead of concentrating on the road.

Diverting attention away from the road may well be similar to why there are laws against using a mobile phone whilst driving. That is why I suggest that such sophisticated radios be for the lounge room. If such technology is available for the car, such technology should only be operable when the car is parked or not available for the driver to access. That is in a similar way that car DVD players cannot be accessed by the driver during driving.

Anyway running text containing station ID, weather forecast, song title/artist is already available on DAB+ and FM's RDS. Despite this, the driver must concetrate on the road.

Regards
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Xperi and LG will deliver the DTS connected radio by 2020 #NABShow
Anthony The Koala
12 April 2019 - 7:39am
Two points:
(1) The use of the word 'inappropriate' in the fourth paragraph where the author said that the bully's ".... his behaviour wasn’t appropriate..." is incorrectly used. The word 'inappropriate' suggests that offending behaviour, that is bullying is suitable in other circumstances. Such behaviour is unacceptable in ALL circumstances. In the next sentence and the rest of the essay, the author correctly describes bullying as unacceptable or not acceptable.

It is annoying in news articles about unacceptable behaviour being described as 'inappropriate': "...the person inappropriately touched the other person...", "...the language spoken in the workplace was inappropriate..." especially in regards to unwelcome behaviour. In ALL circumstances, it is NEVER acceptable to touch a person or to use bad language. Such behaviour is NOT suitable in other circumstances.

(2) The article demonstrates that despite a worker being popular to listeners but despised by work colleagues it may be time to turf out the offending worker after counselling and warnings. This applies not only to the radio industry. It applies to any other industry. The offender may be the 'money maker' in the firm. It is known that top earners who harass and/or bully other workers or subordinates which is against the law and/or workplace codes have been dismissed. For example it has happened in some law firms to a top performing partner in a major law firm.

Despite the top earner being dismissed for bad behaviour, it may well be counter-productive to the firm if bad behaviour continues to fester to the detriment of workplace morale and the financial bottom line. It is because such bad behaviour is against human decency and workplace codes.

Regards
Anthony of exciting Belfield.
The challenge of managing bullies
Aussiecam58
10 April 2019 - 9:57am
The problem l felt was ARN aligned to the KIIS network and clearly it should have been part of the Gold network. Their slogan 'Better music and more of it' is the same as WSFM and GoldFM. If they emulate those stations l think they will get better traction with listeners Gary Roberts out of retirement to fix 96

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