Houston Chronicle To Employees: No Raises, But Enjoy The Barbecue & 5k Runs
The memo from this summer:
From: Stephenson, Tom (HC)
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:46 AM
Subject: How we're going to make the Houston Chronicle one of Texas'
top 50 best workplaces
Dear Chronicle colleague,
Becoming one of the Top 50 Places to Work in Texas is going to take
talent, ambition, creativity, vision, planning, tenacity, moxie, and
flawless execution. The Houston region continues to lead the nation in
economic growth and diversity, with most leading indicators suggesting
innovation and investment will continue to thrive, and we are poised
to both hasten and benefit from these fair winds.
Realizing a shared vision as the region's preeminent media company
begins - and ends - with our people. To do so, we expect contribution
and engagement from every level in every department in the
organization, so let's start with the blueprint. To facilitate,
attached is a high-level summary of our Houston Chronicle Media
Group's three-year strategic plan. Please plan to spend some time with
it, including how your daily actions can and will contribute to the
future success of it.
As the host of our region's great conversations and challenges, we
can't expect to remain a dynamic, thriving media organization without
recognizing the significant changes facing all industries,
particularly media, even amidst improving economic conditions. And
while change can be uncomfortable, we will need to both embrace and
create unique opportunities, taking full advantage of the relationship
we enjoy with our parent company, Hearst, and drawing from the
vitality of the great region of Houston as we do so.
We've scheduled a series of interactive employee large group meetings
to share the details of our plan. Expect a short overview of
highlights, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Because we
want to keep the meetings to an hour, please feel free to help us
shape our discussion by submitting any questions you have in advance
The meetings will take place onsite over several days next month, with
morning and evening sessions both downtown and at the southwest
facility. You'll be receiving a separate invitation by email; please
RSVP so proper logistic arrangements can be made. Given the subject
matter, we want all employees to be encouraged to attend.
We look forward to opening more lines of feedback and allowing for
more transparency within our organization. To that end, while you'll
be seeing an increase of communications from us, we thank you in
advance for treating this as an internal, confidential document.
Thank you for your heightened dedication to the Chronicle Media Group.
We have great opportunities ahead of us, and our success is directly
tied to you.
TOM STEPHENSON JOHN T. O'LOUGHLIN