TIHR contribute to a cross industry discussion, led by the BBC, to do with dealing with bullying behaviour in the media industry.
Eliat Aram, TIHR Chief Executive and Mannie Sher, TIHR Principal Researcher / Consultant took part in the ‘Respect at Work – The Way Forward’ hosted by the BBC at Broadcasting House on the 27th June 2013.
The event opened with an introduction to the review findings by Lucy Adams, HR Director BBC Academy, and followed by an industry panel discussion chaired by Maxine Mawhinney and included Dr Eliat Aram in expert role. Eliat responded to questions such as how are bullies created? What kind of organisational culture allows a bully to flourish? What are the effects of bullying on individuals and teams? If we remove a bully does that solve the problem? How to we have a conversation with a bully and how are they likely to react? How do we break a pattern of bullying in organisations and what does it mean ‘a pattern of bullying’? What does a culture of bullying mean? What are the dynamics of bullying in organisations?
Other panellists included Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV, Liz Warner, Founder and CEO of television Betty, Tony Moorey, Content Manager for Absolute Radio and John Noel, founder of the John Noel Management Agency. This was followed by a live Twitter Q&A session where Dr Aram joined Lucy Adams, Director of HR BBC Academy whilst Dr Sher was offering 1-2-1 sessions on understanding the dynamics of bullying in organisations as part of the event’s ‘genius bar’ sessions.
The event which was for leaders/senior staff working in the creative and media industries to debate and build on the findings of the BBC’s Respect at Work Review, which examined issues of bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace following the Jimmy Saville discoveries.