Simply put, some people know how to play their cards.
Only in an ad agency can an overpaid Creative convince the Bosses that’s he worth their paying for his family’s (international) relocation AND baby shower.
Here’s the rundown:
· The ad agency hires Creative Guy from another country. A really far away country.
· The agency pays for relocating his entire family – dad, mom, and a kid.
· Creative Guy’s wife is pregnant.
· Because Creative Guy is a foreigner in a foreign land, he doesn’t have many friends or family, so the agency offers to pay for his baby shower.
· How? By collecting money from agency employees.
· Keep in mind that Creative Guy has only been at agency for less than two months, and it’s a large agency, so nobody knows him too well, at least not well enough to give up a few dollars for his baby shower.
· Human Resources is bugging everyone, pressuring people to “please help the poor Creative Guy, he’s so lonely with a baby on the way”.
· Creative Guy and the Agency acknowledge that the cost of living in this country is high, and that things are tough.
· BUT… Creative Guy lives in one of the most expensive/exclusive neighborhoods in the country, the wife doesn’t work, and he drives a brand new Mercedes. The Big Boss drives a 2008 Lexus.
Creative Guy wouldn’t have left his old job for chump change, let alone leave his country. This explains the new crib and ride. He’s not hurting, that’s for sure.
So why should we – the legions of employees who haven’t seen a raise in over five years, whose spouses work twice as hard AND raise a family, who live in so-so neighborhoods and can barely afford filling up the tank in our ten year-old cars, who burn the midnight oil doing freelance gigs just to make ends meet – why should we sacrifice the slightest fraction of our meager salaries for someone we barely know? Why is the agency banking so much on this guy? Is he worth it? Only time will tell. Will keep you posted.