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Triple M staff to undergo training after Eddie McGuire’s comments

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Learning and development | 23 Jun 2016, 12:43 PM Agree 0
Domestic violence charity White Ribbon will train Triple M staff following Eddie McGuire’s comments about drowning a woman.
  • Jason | 23 Jun 2016, 04:56 PM Agree 0
    I find it interesting how White ribbon will train these people, even though staff knew the comment was wrong. It starts at the top and works it way down. MMM should remove the three from the air in radio.
  • Bernie Althofer | 28 Jun 2016, 04:43 PM Agree 0
    It appears that when issues such as this come to light and receive public comment, that invariably focus will be drawn to a number of factors e.g. contributing environment, parties involved, understanding about above and below the line behaviours, sufficiency and relevance of organisational policies in a contemporary society, whether or not individual values and beliefs meet the current 'demands' or expectations of that contemporary society, the context in which the comments are made and the intent or otherwise of those comments.

    Leadership and culture are two key areas that can have a lasting impact how above and below behaviours are seen, accepted and integrated into those contemporary workplaces. If a workplace is representative of a contemporary society, individuals within a contemporary workplace need to be provided with opportunities to discuss in an open and transparent manner, those behaviours or conduct that may be perceived by others as offensive. Some may genuinely believe for many reasons that the comments they make in jocular terms are exactly that and not designed to harm anyone, even though the person taking a 'helicopter' view will see otherwise.

    I suspect that in an Australian culture that has changed considerably over the past fifty years, and continues to change rapidly, is that the generational and cultural differences still see a 'mish-mash' of what is fair and reasonable comment. There is little doubt that as more leaders come forth to stand a stand about unacceptable behaviours, internal training and learning and developmental programs will also change to take into consideration, not only Court, Commission and Tribunal decisions, but also public comments about the unacceptability of certain behaviours.

    It seems that for learning to occur in relation to issues such as this, that 'finger-pointing' ends up resulting in destructive feedback being provided. People are different with differing views about what is and what is not acceptable, and focusing on the behaviours and the comments may help some not understand why their comments were considered offensive, but also what the triggers were that exacerbated the situation. Once the words have been spoken, it is difficult to take them back. Sometimes in the 'heat of the moment' people do say or do some things that are out of line, every though in hindsight they say they knew it was wrong. For many people, there is no such thing as a harmless joke, and many things are often best left unsaid.

    There may always be better ways to say something but if there is a risk that what is to be said will offend someone, just don't say it.
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