Going without free coffee. Cutting back on car service. Being on time. Working eight-hour days. Instituting a client-centric focus. The economy has been tough on agencies and media companies -- industries known for creative solutions and critical foresight -- causing them to remove perks associated with working in the industry.
Condé Nast has stopped tuition reimbursement. MPG asked their employees to work the same amount of hours as their clients. Summer hours are a thing of the past at Arnold.
"Employers are asking employees to step up and be flexible in order to preserve their jobs and maintain the company's ability to continue," said Fred Crandall, senior consultant at Watson Wyatt in Chicago. "This type of belt-tightening is taking place across corporate America."
MPG even believes that showing up to work earlier could give them an edge over their peers. Hmm.
This undoubtedly leaves many to wonder: Was I laid off so that (insert company name here) could maintain free coffee and half-day Fridays?