Friday, October 17, 2008

Lunch Poll


Last week's poll says that the overwhelming majority of you care about advertising. The percentage who are 'faking it' was a little worrying, however, at almost 1 in 5. Don't you realise your souls must look like batteries when they've been left in the radio too long? Just kidding.

In this week's poll, we assess whether your conscientiousness extends to the lunch hour.

Are we still able to pop out for a pie & a pint from time to time?

Or has the credit crunch forced us into an almost permanent state of sandwich-at-the-desk?

Vote now, in the right hand column of this blog.

And in the comments, tell us your view on lunch. Is it a vital break from the ad-face? Or is it strictly for the dinosaurs, and it just pisses you off when people come back from the pub chewing a Polo to signify they haven't had anything to drink at all, honest?

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37 comments:

Roo said...

Eat lunch at desk (al desco) reading news/blogs/gentle porn, fend off suits with anguished 'can't you see I'm eating here' look and then go to the pub for an hour. Obvious really.

Anonymous said...

al desco. ha! that's too funny.

i think londoners eat at their desks for two reasons:

1. the food is not worth leaving the office for anyway so pack a sangich (unless you're working in soho: maletti's and vitaorganic: ooh la la that's good stuff!).

2. account managers over promise to clients so poor creatives are forced to eat "al desco".

Frank said...
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Anonymous said...

All the activities that have anything to do with creativity are about alternating one’s status between “in progress” and “stand by”, “focused” and “disconnected”. So, you do the math there. I’ve learned this during the year before university, while studying drawing in some artist’s studio. This was one of the greatest things that I’ve learned there. Disconnecting from time to time is the only way you can empathise with the ones that are going to see your work, because you change your mood. (Of course, the results will be more impressive for those possessing what is called emotional intelligence, which you either have or never achieve.) You go out for 15 minutes, when you come back you see things you haven’t seen before leaving. Also while you’re out you still have your project in mind, so your brain is programmed to find connections between what you see/hear and what you’re working on. Coming up with a highly creative concept is a very challenging work in itself, doesn’t really need additional stress from having to index all the “rough materials” you’ve ever met with. So go ahead, use the ones already gathered together right outside your office. Lunch is the perfect time for it.

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Anonymous said...

I thought that Frank's comment was funny. FACT.

Free speech indeed.

Anonymous said...

get some balls. your job is JUST A JOB, go and enjoy your dinner break and stop pretending that you're so busy, if you don't work that extra hour the world will combust.

cosmoticentity said...

What is the point of living if you can't eat good food?
I work to eat. My whole life is about making sure I can get a well-paid job, so that I can eat out.
Eating al-desco is a sign you're not paid enough and also a sign you are a true slave to the wage- shackled to your desk at lunch.
Get out and eat!

p.s. @frank- swearing is cheap and nasty. get your mother to wash your mouth out with some soap!

Frank said...
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Anonymous said...

Sir Frank,

The last thing this blog needs is a type nazi. Go find a poetry site to troll 'round.

Anonymous said...

How does anyone have time to go out for lunch? Am I in the wrong friggin agency here?

I have reviews in the morning then a second review around 5 which inevitably means that I have to work up ideas for the next morning - therefore having to work late and get in early to finish up before my CD wants to see an update.

Is this normal?

Anonymous said...

honestly? no

Anonymous said...

At McCann's Manchester we have a fantastically priced on site bistro so technically we eat out of the office every day but still on site. £1.70 for Steak, chips and peas, and sausage barms for as little as 80p. Bargin.

Anonymous said...

But you're Northern. Isn't that a month's wages up there?

Anonymous said...

The bargin in the queue is what puts me off McCann's Mcr.

Anonymous said...

I hear that in Ogilvy they get a free cooked breakfast every day, plus a choice of home cooked goodness for lunch.

They'll do anything to get people out there.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else get frustrated when they don't check Scamp for a couple of hours, and come back to find a bunch of comments have been deleted? I always seem to miss the fun stuff...

Anonymous said...

Not much chance of anything free at Ogilvy, with WPP anouncing hiring freeze...

Anonymous said...

We've got a hiring freeze too - which means I'm on 5 briefs, all for presentation on Friday. Hence no lunches. Ever.

Anonymous said...

The bargin in the queue is what puts me off McCann's Mcr. (This makes no sense.)

Anonymous said...

I've been to Macanns Manc its well nice set in the cheshire countryside near Prestbury. Much nicer than dirty London.

Anonymous said...

it sounds like industrial work is going to be the "magic" formula in many agencies. Maybe there will be a template based method of producing unlimited versions of the same idea for 35425345 clients in less than a month. I don't even want to know what the winning ads in the following festivals will look like!

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Anonymous said...

Would it be fair to say that most of us beginning to creatively flag under these industrial workloads?

My thoughts seem to drift more and more frequently to my imaginary organic farm in Cornwall.

Anonymous said...

could be more creative than trying to play 100 roles at the same time "thanks" to this work overload.

Anonymous said...

Subject for a poll.

Should Cannes request the return of ipint’s silver lion?

Anonymous said...

freelance poll:

which london agencies are looking for freelance writers and/or teams?

post your suggestions now.

Anonymous said...

no, just the reshape of the lion in the form of a bitch... feeding its puppies and gently singing "Can't Stand Still".

Anonymous said...

Subject for poll:

Should agencies provide free psychotherapy to all creatives before industry-wide breakdowns occur?

CR said...

what does everyone thing ok the new Nokia stuff? i think its a lovely insight but done in a very cheesy way, other opinions?

First Mate said...

Lunchtime agency culture seems to differ massively between places. I've worked in agencies where working in the pub was encouraged, and others that are dry docks as far as nipping out for a sarnie goes, let alone booze. But as one of my old CDs used to say about a tricky brief... "Draw a rectangle, go to the pub, get pissed, come back, fill it in. Bob's your uncle."

Anonymous said...

they have a sushi chef at google new york. awesome fish.

personally i favor going out to lunch every day. clears the head. bit of a social event. glass of wine.

Anonymous said...

It's true. I've done some of my best work in the pub. Some CDs just seem to have this opinion that you can't be working unless you're actually AT your desk, whereas others are a little more laid back.

Some people need peace and quiet to work, others like a bit more stimulation. All I know is that when you have a tricky brief, staring at a blank pad and the same 4 walls won't get you anywhere.

It's a trust thing surely? If the CDs feel the need to treat their teams like children then it's a crying shame. All that should matter is - have you met the deadline and is the work any good? If you can answer 'Yes' to both those questions, then you could have written it round Amy Winehouse's place at 9AM still pissed and with a noseful!

Anonymous said...

Can I take this anymore? What happened to advertising? Why are all the ads shit? Why is everyone a moron? What's the fucking point?

Anonymous said...

Worry less, create more.

Anonymous said...

copy less, create more?

Anonymous said...

copy more, worry about originality less.