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Just read an article on the amount of unpaid work people seem to do now, mainly because they fear losing their jobs. One quote made me laugh...
"Joanna Johnson, a former graphic design team manager, assigned extra tasks to her team beyond their normal duties and found this was "somewhat motivational".
"Under pressure they enhance their skills and motivate themselves to succeed," Johnson says.
"The compensation doesn't have to be material. The usual 'you did a great job, you are the best team' always worked for us and I think my team was pretty satisfied."
If she said that in front of any of my team, I'd punch her in the face.
"I think my team was pretty satisfied" is not a good thing.
what a cunt
I feel like this sorry of thing happens more and more these days and I don't think it's going to stop. At my previous job, when we became a private company in 2012, there was this sort of "let's all tough it out [working a ton] for the sake of building the business" during the "honeymoon" phase. The honeymoon ended, the demand never did. It wasn't necessarily about doing more work than your role was meant for, but most of us were just too overworked, too underappreciates. That's where I relate to that article; for a while you can handle the grateful attitude from an employer, but then it just doesn't work anymore. You realize you are putting in way more than you expected, and for the most part all you get is "thank you's" and an attempt at this "you're part of building something" attitude that is supposed to make you feel satisfied while realizing you're overworked constantly.
I think employees bring it on themselves too, to a degree. For the past few years in the bad economy, it's all too easy to think "I'm just lucky to have a job" and tolerate working too much and too hard, and not getting paid what you think you should be making.
^^ all of this, plus you've got a load of graduates interning for free who will do anything to snag a position. The workplace has become horrible. Too much work for too little compensation. And yes, it does just seem to be getting worse.
Next time, i will try to pay the butcher with a smile and a box full of "you did a great job, you are "part of" the best team"...
Unpaid work is the best work! When you're doing it for yourself for the glorious empire of North Korea!
Well, it is a growing and prosperous field with good future prospects, where we get to do fun stuff with computers for very good money. It'll only get more competitive.
It's only natural that kids will intern for free just to have an in. Is interning for free at a top company that much different from paying tens or hundreds $K for a good college?
I remember when I was looking for work at stararchitects (yup, that's what the industry calls them) but wouldn't take 0 pay. Sadly, there are plenty of trust fund kids that will (not to knock them, they were born lucky, and easily put the 80 hr+ weeks in). If I had resources like that I would have done it too.
The top creative jobs will end up, like many top jobs, going to the wealthy more and more. They can afford the best schools, intern/apprentice with the best creatives, and therefore will learn the most.
Back to architecture, many stararchitects out there (with the exception of Gehry) didn't do a 'real' project for decades, just taught here and there and entered competitions.
Having the resources to create work that is not compromised by budgets and clients is an amazing thing. No shortage of talent out there, but there are limited opportunities and most need to feed themselves.