Last week we showed ESPN president George Bodenheimer's gloomy report about the state of the WWL, which detailed the many changes needed in order for the company to continue making jizzillions of dollars.
Sobered by the news of the impending changes at Bristol, some of the ESPN employees were inspired not to just sit back and wait for more bad news. They are emboldened, united — they want to show their loyalty to the bestest company in the world that's given them everything to live for in life.
Here are some of the the intra-office comments from ESPN employees after Bodenheimer's speech. This was an open online forum for those on the WWL's payroll. Luckily, one employee cut-and-pasted some of the responses and sent them over.
Leadership Pickles go to these fine ESPN employees:
For Innovation In Promoting A Greener Workplace
1) Turn down the heat! In a lot of areas (Example, walkway to
the caf, building 4 news room) the heat is very very warm. I work 3rd
shift and I dont think we need the heat blasting at 3am. 2) 10 hour/4
day weeks: Encourage departments to do 10 hour days 4 days a week (non
production ones, that is)
For Blind Positivism
I think that the sports fan will come to rely on us even more
during these tough economic times. We have an oppertunity to "trim
the fat" and become a well oiled machine.
For Job Security Groveling:
I've worked for a number of global organizations throughout my
career, and in all candor have never experienced the kind of concerted
efforts ESPN management pursues to get out in front of various
difficult business issues when it can.
For Fuck Those Spoiled Brats-Like Stinginess:
While I know that we pride ourselves on our great internship
program, we can offer credit only internships instead of paid ones.
Students will still want to work here because after all, "it's ESPN".
They should be doing it for the great experience and not for the
money. The majority of internship programs in the
entertainment/broadcast industry are unpaid anyway. Is it also
necessary to house them in Hartford 21? Is it really more cost
effective than the Clarion right down the street? These are just my
thoughts that may be able to save us some money.
For Yeah, Actually Fuck Those Brats-like Stinginess
Michael Kalasnik (two!)
We are housing the interns at Hartford 21? That seems way too
lavish. These kids go from a dorm room to hartford 21, on the company
dime? Id say either have them stay right down the street at the
clarion or, maybe adopt a program to have them stay with some of the
people who work here? I know a lot of the PA's and such room together
to save money. if these interns are here for 3 months or so, im sure
you can throw some incentive to someone who needs a roomate.
For Being A Realist And Not A Party Pooper
Long as we are having this conversation, I am aware of some
chatter about our Super Bowl Party in Tampa. What people don't
realize is that the cost for that event is borne largely by several
sponsors who appreciate our ability to get them close to the biggest
sports event in this country. It is actually good business for us.
Here's a for-instance, said to SBJ: Ford is leveraging its F-150
truck as presenting sponsor of the party. Eric Peterson, Ford Truck
communications manager, said, "This year, more than any other year,
we're not going over the top. But being at the Super Bowl, and being
part of a partnership that gets us there, makes a lot of sense."
For Brilliant Use Of Smart Quotes
Thank you for your suggestion Gilbert. We appreciate the "can
do" attitude of everyone at ESPN, but we have looked at this and
concluded that it would be very difficult to meet the event needs and
still keep up with the overwhelming demand of our in-house
productions. Given the size of our staff it would also be extremely
difficult to staff local productions without causing a dramatic
increase to our overtime costs. We will continue to explore select
opportunities where it makes sense.