Saturday, April 11, 2015

Learning new routines

Broadcast reports on the continuing gavotte between the unions and BBC News management over job cuts. The unions have secured yet another extension of a moratorium on compulsory redundancies - this time til the end of June; the Munro-frustrating ban on external recruitment continues, and some new internal job ads, in "Change" and World Service language output, have been put on hold until after the election.

Still there remain more volunteers who want to leave the fun factory than posts that need to be closed. Avoiding compulsory redundancies requires re-inventing existing threatened staff into appealing prospects for different editors - editors who'd rather have more to pick from. In the end, the process consumes management time, irritates HR and the accountants - but often produces good results, with talented people responding well to new career directions.  

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