3097PR people problems - study conclusions
- Nov 1, 2005I thought that the attached might be of interest as a news item for journalists and bloggers who cover the public relations scene.
PR people problems job fears and management mistrust
Fears over job security and mistrust of management promises top the list of problems among PR people, according to the results of a study issued today (October 31)
The study analysed 1,500 questions answered in the past two years by David Davis, the PR industrys agony uncle who runs www.askdd.com, a free online advisory service.
65% of the questions came from people in agencies and company in-house departments in North America; 20% from Europe, including the UK, 10% from the Middle East & Africa and 5% from Asia
The main problems concerned:
Mistrust management promises over pay, training and promo
Lack of career opportunities
Agencies inability to handle personnel issues
Spasmodic and inadequate employee communications
Unethical agency practices
Diminishing job satisfaction
Drugs and drinking at work
Says Davis, former vice chairman of Edelman: Obviously the questions I normally receive are largely from unhappy people with many different types of problems but nonetheless the overall conclusions are worrying. It is clear that management is less than transparent and effective as it should be across a whole range of people issues.
The analysis also destroys the generally accepted public perception that PR is a soft and easy business. In reality it is like most other professions - tough and demanding.
Contact: David Davis
Mobile: 07831 558 745
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