by Michael Fox
Although the parent company was announcing record profits, some staffers at the Daily Progress, the Charlottesville paper owned by Media General, were less than thrilled with their holiday gift: an $8 holiday fixings gift certificate to Kroger's, not to be used for alcohol or tobacco. The quote that might get your attention for future employmee relations:
"I see where profits come from," says yet a third unnamed staffer. "Human resources is where it comes from. They squeeze it from us."
You can check out the story at The HooK, which appears on first glance to be the alternative counterpart in Charlottesville and one expects could be taking a friendly potshot at its mainstream media competitor. Still, the reaction makes it clear that the mere act of giving to one's employees is not without its own set of risks.