I am feeling particularly agitated today and just have to vent (and ask a few prayers, too.) Please bear with me.
My husband is a doll - a great husband and dad, hard-working and above reproach. He also happens to work in a small, unusual business (he is a local TV news anchor.) He has been quite fortunate in being in one market (TV-speak for a city, or two or three cities close together served by the same local stations) for most of the last 30+ years - the last 24 at the same station. We have seen many owners and managers come and go.
Dh is active in the community and well respected. He frequently serves as a host or emcee at charity events and benefits. His newscasts are #1, and he has won numerous awards. He mentors young people in the newsroom and also teaches at a small local college (he has an M.A. - Journalism.) He is modest and kind.
The problem is this. The current GM, and the news director, have no people skills and seem to want to show their power by treating even (sometimes especially) the best, most respected and most valuable employees (judged by ratings, research, awards, etc.) with no respect. They harass the weatherman (hugely popular and THE one folks turn to) by calling and bugging him about silly things in the middle of newscasts (!) to the point where he is about to take his retirement earlier than planned. They let good people leave because they are too cheap to offer decent money. They hire people lacking in skills - such as simple good grammar, spelling, and syntax- because they pay so little. (Dh often has to correct scripts that contain ridiculous or embarrassing errors before going on-air.)
They have approached dh about re-signing with them when his contract ends in a few months. We want to stay; we are in our mid-50s and hope to stay until retirement. He decided, based on what a colleague told him about “negotiations” with the two miserable managers, to have a lawyer friend serve as his representative (we’ve never done that before.) The lawyer sent a friendly letter simply stating that he would be handling things for dh this time. Dh got a call from the news director (who was sitting in his office 10 feet away!) coldly stating that the letter had arrived and they would be sending their reply. Reply to what??? A letter of introduction? I am guessing they will either state that 1) they refuse to deal with a representative or 2) their terms are non-negotiable, so no discussions are necessary. I could really see them doing this!
I am just appalled by the lack of decency and respect shown by these people. Everything is bottom line oriented (and “you get what you pay for” is really true in this business!) and all about control. He deserves so much better than this. His loyalty, success, and skill have always been recognized before and previous managers have never been anything less than fair and reasonable. This is an area that does NOT take well to change. I could really see people picketing the station if they ever did anything to make him leave - that is how well respected he is here!
They are interviewing a potential co-anchor for dh this week and never even included him in the group who went to lunch with her. Just no class whatsoever. This is typical behavior - designed, I think, to keep employees off-balance and uncertain of themselves.
How do others deal with classless, clueless bosses like this? (I suspect that the ND is jealous because dh is better educated, well loved in the newsroom and could do his job!)
I hate to see him ill-treated; he does not deserve it He is so humble and kind; I am really seeing red right now!
At our ages, we don’t want to have to leave; he should be able to work here these next 10 years until retirement without worrying about dealing with loonies like these. Please provide any insights; do you have crazy bosses? Prayers will be welcomed as he goes through this renegotiation process - unless they choose not to now!