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Advertising confessions: 9 current and former staffers at companies like WPP and Publicis share stories of pandemic burnout

Advertising confessions: 9 current and former staffers at companies like WPP and Publicis share stories of pandemic burnout

Advertisers say increasing workloads in the pandemic are leading to burnout.
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Staff at companies like WPP and Publicis said they're burning out from increased work during the pandemic.




Some say client demands have them working up to 75 hours a week, and some have left full-time work.




Insider talked to nine current and former agency employees about what work is like now.




See more stories on Insider's business page.


Ad agency workloads have increased during the pandemic, leading some to work up to 75 hours a week and others to burn out and leave the industry, ad pros told Insider.When the pandemic hit, many marketers shifted messaging, leaving agencies to have to deliver digital ads in days and hours.Even after the crisis subsided, some agency employees said, clients have come to expect quicker response times and tighter turnarounds on deadlines. Some said it's been tough to get PTO during the pandemic. They said they're afraid to push back on increasing demands out of concern for their jobs, and agency leaders don't push back for fear of losing business in an already tough business climate that's been marked by layoffs.
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