Creatives Need to Be Valued and Fairly Compensated for Their Work

The Business Impact of Creativity Has Long Since Proved Its Worth. That Needs to Be Recognised and Rewarded

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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 final 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:

  1. A news story;
  2. An investigative feature;
  3. A human interest story.  

Writing the stories was 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 by thinking through her values.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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