From a single event, a lot of thoughts & perceptions are awaken.
Things that we never thought existed, thoughts that had been kept inside, facts that are kept for individual or group consumption are exposed to public.
This is from my point of view… purely, totally a personal opinion…
The first word popped on my mind when I got this news was silly
A life was wasted, a soul full of potential, a world changer probably, author of unwritten books (she was a copywriter) is now gone
And she was wasted over deadline, overtime, pitch…
This fact got me paused and ask to myself, Why?
I believe that not all advertising companies have long work hours as a culture and not only advertising companies that doing long hours… But being in this specific industry, I am writing this from my chair in an advertising agency’s office
1. Life >< Work
They said it is about passion
Some said it is doing what you love
Some are after appreciation
Some called themselves perfectionist
Some after more, climb up the ladder, get more money
How sad it is when your work becomes your life and took away your time, your youth, your family, the life, the real one
2. Culture >< Excuse
Coming into an advertising agency is exciting yet scary.
It was like expecting the people to whip you to work harder, longer, think more…
Nope, it’s not always like that
Not all of them are the same
I have had a boss that comes in early and went home late, a boss that came in late because she knows it is impossible to go home early, a boss that comes in late and went home on time…
Yes, the last one was the most cool boss I had
Did her (my last boss) business poor? Nope, they were all just fine…
So, why overtime is a culture in advertising agency?
Some of them really worked, there are just not enough time in a day to finish all the work.
Some of them had spent too much time daydreaming, chatting in the smoking area or taking too long to stimulate their mood or brain to get on the job.
The culture of overtime is not really a culture… Sometimes it is just an excuse
3. Fast Paced, High Pressure = Ambition
These words usually are on Job postings for advertising companies.
For some, it is enough working in this industry for 3 months, some maybe 1 or 2 years… It is crazy they said…
For any kind of work, in any industry, any companies, there must be a real reason why they are pushing people to their max limit.
Here’s an alternative solution: hire more people?
4. The Directors
Maximize focus & work during the time? skip those coffee breaks which they have 3-5 times a day, prepare the studies & research before come together in a brainstorm meeting, set a framework to be filled in the meeting rather than having too much, too long meetings
The conventional ways of rise up early, be on time, go home on time are not so bad… It will be good for your employees to take care of their homes, families and some of them are single, 30 something and need to socialize ;)
~ Happiness ~
How do we define our Happy?
Happy to have cool jobs?
happy to have friends & family we rarely meet?
happy to have health insurance and consider yourself secure
happy to work our ass off 20 days for money that lasts for a week or two?
Define your happy, give your time to your happiness and to make people happy. Most of all, STAY ALIVE!