Did you hear? There’s a really important conversation that’s happening in the creative world, which affects everyone from the top down.
It’s about toxic working environments. Bullying, long hours, discrimination. The kind of things that have, unfortunately, become standard in the screen and advertising industries (and led to us producing our free mental health download for creatives).
Going by some of the comments made in a recent discussion hosted by our MD, Lauren York, it seems the tide is finally turning – but there’s still a lot of work to do.
- Bullying is rife – there are still a lot of people who are known bullies, but who continue to be applauded and to retain their positions of power.
- Recruitment often comes through contacts across these industries, which can prevent people from making complaints.
- There’s ‘safety in numbers’ – if it’s happening to you, it’s probably happening to someone else. Talk to each other. Speak up for each other.
- Short-term contracts are a problem in the creative industries – there’s no sense of responsibility for employee well-being and development.
- We need more feedback, both for freelancers/employees and the people who hire them. Simple internal processes can help everyone.
- Companies risk losing out on the best talent if they don’t improve – the number one question asked by behind-the-scenes talent is, “Is it a nice place to work?”
Whether you’re experiencing toxic working conditions or you’re responsible for making staff feel valued and supported, please watch the replay and act on the advice given by the panel.
Or for immediate help, get in touch with one of the organisations listed below: