Overworked in the agency world

Japanese authorities raided Dentsu offices following a court ruling that found workplace pressure partly responsible for the suicide of an employee. The company eventually faced trial, was formally held responsible and paid a nominal fine. This archive covers the situation and reactions by Dentsu, as well as the broader workplace-culture issue of whether advertising companies work young people too hard.

Sep 22, 2022

Half of marcomms pros suffered severe stress, anxiety or burnout last year: UK study

New research has found that half of people working in marketing and comms reported experiencing severe stress, anxiety or burnout on several occasions over the past 12 months.

Jun 6, 2022

Slow the fuck down

The pandemic has made everyone in adland busier than ever. After a near-death experience, Emma Harris says it is time to acknowledge that work should only be one part of our rich lives.

Mar 14, 2022

'996' debates continue, but overwork prevails in China internet companies

A year after the death of a Pinduoduo staff member led to calls for change, some company rules about overtime have changed, but the broader culture of overwork remains stubbornly in place.

Feb 9, 2022

‘Too many meetings’ and ‘non-urgent work’ causes of overtime: PRHK

The PR industry in Hong Kong is clear about the causes and consequences of overtime, yet a majority of them are not communicating their frustrations to their managers, according to a survey.

Sep 17, 2021

How China’s ‘996’ culture is changing

Although China has outlawed excessive overtime, burnout culture continues to prevail. As more youth "lie flat" in protest, how should brands respond?

Jan 5, 2021

Pinduoduo faces scrutiny following death of staffer

The ecommerce platform has been known for its pressurising work practices, and is facing backlash after the death of an overworked staff member.