The public media industry has been rocked with revelations that certain men in powerful positions have engaged in intimidation, harassment, and violation of the personal rights of women. As a result, every investor, constituent, customer, and employee has the right to ask whether or not a particular organization is either openly or passively tolerant of sexual harassment.
One of the underpinnings of a successful organization is a recognition that working as a team is essential. Accordingly, that is a core principle at your Community Idea Stations. Inherent in that is an understanding that each member of the team adds value and must be respected. Bullying, intimidation, petty jokes, and harassment of any kind is a cancer that will destroy any potential that yours or any other organization might have to attain a state of true excellence.
Your station has a written policy but, far more important than that, there is a repeated reminder at every monthly staff meeting that respect for one another is a non-negotiable core element that must be present at all times. No culture is absolutely, unfailingly, and completely perfect but I am pleased and proud of what I see, what I hear, and what I sense regarding a shared commitment towards respect for the individual.
Human relationships can be complicated and that’s just the reality. However, there is no place, no reason, and no defensible circumstance to deny any person their inalienable rights towards life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A great and eloquent statesman once said “In matters of principle stand like a rock. In matters of style go with the flow.” Our currency is trust, decency, and integrity and we will stand like a rock in unyielding fashion to protect and honor those principles.
A Curtis Monk
President and CEO
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting