Listening to the Wall Street Journal This Morning podcast yesterday, I was surprised to hear that I (and eight coworkers here at CurrentMarketing) are engaged in one of the highest stress jobs today! At about 14:30 into the podcast, Tony Lee of CareerCast.com talks about commercial airline pilots being numeral uno, followed closely by PR execs and advertising account execs.
C’mon, I know we have stresses…meeting deadlines (usually several each day), managing budgets, translating art-director-ese for clients (and sometimes each other) and there’s maintaining accountability for results. But the most stressful jobs? More stress than a surgeon? A police officer, a firefighter or EMT? I think not. And don’t even get me started on the military!
Stress? Here? No way, Jose!
Maybe it’s the culture here at CurrentMarketing that emphasizes a balanced work-life. Maybe it’s that we have mutually-respectful relationships with our clients (one just sent me a case of wine today!). Or, maybe it’s just that we enjoy what we do.
A straw poll of some of our client services team members cast this in a different light…mostly 7s and 8s. EIGHT? I don’t see it. Our client service reps must all be cool as cucumbers because I rarely see them stressed to that level. I have to go back to my third theory, that they just enjoy what they do that much! Keep on, team. Keep on!