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.

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Why the events world struggles with talent
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Nov 16, 2018

Why the events world struggles with talent

Event360 recap: Challenges in attracting and retaining talent in the industry.

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Seeking pastures new? All you need to know about moving client-side
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Nov 13, 2018

Seeking pastures new? All you need to know about moving client-side

Brand roles are often fêted as the ideal escape from the long hours, low pay and minimal influence that agency life can involve. But moving can be hard—and new roles are not always what they're cracked up to be.

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The truth about advertising's long-hours culture
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Nov 8, 2018

The truth about advertising's long-hours culture

A senior creative lays bare the mental toll of the industry's culture of working long hours.

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Overwork: a tragedy in Japan spurs overdue change
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Oct 12, 2018

Overwork: a tragedy in Japan spurs overdue change

The theme of overwork, and what to do about it, dominated the end of 2016 and much of 2017 in Japan.

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Behind Japan's reluctance to take holidays
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Sep 14, 2018

Behind Japan's reluctance to take holidays

Until companies work to remove the cultural stigma attached to taking time off, the average Japanese worker will continue to struggle to fully recharge.

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Four-day week? Independent agencies experiment to reduce overwork
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Mar 7, 2018

Four-day week? Independent agencies experiment to reduce overwork

Hong Kong-based APV is trying a four-day work week, while Hong Kong Secret Tour gave everyone a month-long sabbatical (in two 'shifts').

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