Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A numbers game.

I just stumbled upon an article in The New York Times that says that Americans satisfaction with their jobs is at a record-low level. Just 45% of Americans say they are satisfied with their work.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/05/us/AP-US-Unhappy-Workers.html?_r=1

The report also says only 43% of workers feel secure in their jobs--that's down from 47% just two years ago and down from 59% in 1987.

This data made me wonder about the ad industry. It seems to me that far fewer than 45% of those in advertising are satisfied with their work and maybe 10% feel secure in their jobs.

How is it possible to do good work under such circumstances?


Anonymous said...

It's not possible.

Anonymous said...

Advertising has always been the case of the bottom 90% doing all the heavy-lifting so the top 10% can have all the fun. And of course the top 10% in their CEO and creative director positions always get to keep their jobs no matter how many bad campaigns they approve or clients they cause their agencies to lose. They're similar to the criminal warlords on Wall Street that are too big to fail. They've rigged the system into a kind of Ponzi scheme where all the benefits and none of the responsibilities accrue their way. It's something Bernie Madoff would admire.