all of AdLand needs better work/life balance – not just working mums

I’ve been reading a lot about work-life balance recently, including this piece in Campaign (paywall, sorry) by Gail Gallie of Fallon London advocating a better deal for working mums in the ad industry and this enormous essay in Atlantic Magazine by Anne-Marie Slaughter (the former director of policy planning at the US State Department) about … Continue reading all of AdLand needs better work/life balance – not just working mums

comparing and contrasting agency shop floors

In my new freelance life I‘ve been having lots of meetings with local agencies.  From one man bands to UK top 30 agencies and from start-ups to old timers I’ve sat in a lot of agency receptions recently and it’s been a real eye opener. I’ve been amazed at the sheer diversity of approaches to … Continue reading comparing and contrasting agency shop floors

Packing ‘em in – today’s open plan means shrinking space

Telegraph newsroom photo by victoriapeckham on flickr  I’ve been ranting about Creative Spaces, open plan and working-where-you-work-best for a couple of years now (examples here, here and here). I stumbled on a piece in the Wall Street Journal today which reported that the average new workstation designed by global architecture firm HOK Group has shrunk from 64 … Continue reading Packing ‘em in – today’s open plan means shrinking space

creative environment or can’t be arsed?

One thing that has annoyed me about every single agency I’ve worked for is that the office has looked like a cross between a teenager’s bedroom and an explosion in a paper factory. No matter how smart or scruffy the actual building and furnishings were, it was still a bombsite.  I’ve been to lots of … Continue reading creative environment or can’t be arsed?