Time To Crowdsource This Workplace Satisfaction Thing

Metrics never stop unveiling fascinating insights and the workplace satisfaction articles this week are an excellent example.

Although the share traffic was within average numbers, actual page views for the opera and orchestra articles were 38 percent and 71 percent higher than average, respectively.

Even though it may not be the sort of thing an arts administrator would want to share on his/her social media profile, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a great deal of interest in the topic.

Since workplace satisfaction is such a near-and-dear topic, I decided it would be great if we could expand those bi-annual updates to other arts sectors like theater, dance, performing arts centers, etc.

To that end, I published an article at ArtsHacker with an appeal for volunteers to help compile a list of organizations to include in each list and those who can help compiling data for each installment.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please stop by the post and complete the volunteer signup form. THANK YOU!

Orchestra & Opera Workplace Satisfaction: Spring 2018

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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