The Business Impact of Creativity Has Long Since Proved Its Worth. That Needs to Be Recognised and Rewarded
Juliet resigned from her job as a features writer at a tabloid newspaper.
Why? There were a few reasons. The most pressing being, she didn’t feel valued. She felt her work was undervalued and under-compensated. She was expected to work crazy hours for very low pay and to be thankful for it. She had been with the company for three years, and despite having written compelling story after compelling story, she was still expected to prove herself. She was continuously being told she was only as good as her next story.
The fine straw was when Juliet was asked to help recruit the next group of freelancers. She was instructed to ask each of them to write three stories:
- A news story;
- An investigative feature;
- A human interest story.
Writing the stories as part of the interview process, and Juliet was OK with that. What she wasn’t OK with was knowing that if they were offered a position, they’d take the job on a wing and prayer, and these would be the first of the stories they would be expected to pitch for free, then hope they’d get paid for their work.
Juliet realised in that moment that her company would never change. They would never truly value creatives and pay them fairly. She could no longer be part of a company that behaved in this way and she resigned.
She didn’t want to find herself in a similar situation again, and so, as she figured out what she would do next, she reflected on her experience.
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