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A rational workday for advertising people

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Dear CEOS of the big 4,

As you already know, the history of advertising can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Since then it has had the ability to adapt itself to new forms of media. 

Although, not everything in advertising adapts as fast. We still have an issue with the labour rights of the people who work in this industry. We still haven't got a rational workday. We keep working countless hours which is a thing that leads to family conflicts, depression and other stress-related health problems. Sometimes fatal, like when young Y&R Indonesia copywriter Mita Diran tweeted: "30 hours of working and still going strong", before she died.

There has been a debate about this for years, but no one has done what needs to be done yet.

Article 24 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states that

"Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay."

Now examine your conscience and ask yourself, is my company respecting this article? Is that the kind of company that I want to lead? There are plenty of studies that demonstrate that efficiency is not related to the amount of hours worked.

We need you to take a step forward and make sure that your companies, which are an example to the industry start to respect the labour rights of your employees.

We ask you to pass these rules on to your subordinates.

Staff will not be expected to work more than 40 hours a week. 

Meetings should never be set up after 6pm.

Agency staff should not send work e-mails after 7pm.

Of course, we acknowledge the need to work extra hours in exceptional circumstances, but these extra hours should always be compensated either as free time or by paid overtime.

CEOS of the big 4, you have the opportunity to leave a positive mark on this industry. Please think about it, no one will remember the millions of dollars in profit you made, but  they'll sure remember that you changed advertising for the better.

Let's not go strong anymore. At least not in the office. 

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