Straight shootin’ from Telstra’s Greg Winn.
Given the gun slaying in Melbourne yesterday am, the airing of ABCs Four Corners alleged expose of undue pressure on staff at Telstra unfortunately featured audio clips by Telstra’s Greg Winn urging the metaphorical ‘shooting’ (sacking) of staff who won’t ‘get with the program’.
Compared to the media villification of Ch9’s Eddie Maguire for his suggested ‘boning’ of Jessica Rowe, Winn’s had a surprisingly easy media ride of it (particularly in the face of several staff suicides allegedly due to bullying work pressures and employee productivity monitoring).
Facing the Four Corners cameras another Telstra exec John Rolland delivered a defiantly glazed-eye, rather robotic media performance that was somewhat short on authenticity and empathy (even when he said “we’re all sad” it struck me as having a pretty hollow ring. I now you’re just doing your job, John, but the EI quotient wasn’t really there). Telstra staff have been gagged from speaking to the media
Now, Greg Winn’s bullish oratorical style may win him friends at slap-up internal lunches, but what’s that (and Rolland’s stonewall) doing for the corporation’s image with the public-at-large? A few Winning pearls include:
“We’re not running a democracy. We don’t manage by consensus. We’re criticised for it, but the fact of the matter is we run an absolute dictatorship.”
On laggardly employees: “If you can’t get the people to go there, and you try once and you try twice, which is sometimes hard to do but I do believe in a second chance, then you just shoot ’em and get ’em out of the way and put people in that you can teach the new business process to and drive on.”
Over at Telstra’s corpy blog, they’re saying the story is a tabloid-style beat-up designed as a pre-election ‘raise the Workplace Agreement issue’ on behalf of the unions. But that’s a serious charge; it suggests that a journo would use two Telstra staff suicides to support a pro- union agenda!! And they say that PR’s are dodgy…