Legal Language Carved Out of Tribune’s Employee Manual

Real estate mogul, Samuel Zell, is intent on changing the culture at The Tribune Company, his latest acquisition and first media company.
Zell tapped Randy Michaels, Tribune CEO for interactive and broadcasting, to rewrite the company’s employee manual–that lovely document workers snuggle up with at night.
According to Los Angeles Times (a Tribune paper), the document–which shrunk from 11,519 words to 3,663 words–is nothing like the mind-numbing, lawyered gobbledygook in most corporate manuals. Consider the opening:
“Rule #1: Use your best judgment.”
“Rule #2: See Rule 1.”
It appears that Zell is using his best judgment. Should his employees do the same, Tribland will be, no doubt, be a happy place.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.