“If you think your job is bad, try being a working animal!” says working animal charity, via OnePoll

Another entry for the bylined-to-a-PR-company files here, with the finding that office workers feel they have it hard now compared to how things used to be in the past:

Brits complain that work ‘used to be easier’ and they ‘miss working 9 to 5’

One-hour lunch breaks, working nine to five and a simple tea round are among the things office workers miss about the past, according to a study.

The research of 2,000 office workers aged 40 and over revealed the extent to which things have changed over the years, with six in 10 saying work was ‘easier’ in previous decades.

Being able to leave work on time without feeling guilty, wearing a suit or set uniform and shutting emails down at the end of the day also feature in the list.

Source: Mirror, 13th June 2019

On this particular occasion, PR firm 72 Point were paid to publish this in the Mirror (with a by-line to their PR account manager, naturally) by… well…

Animal charity SPANA carried out the research ahead of International Working Animal Day (15 June) to raise awareness of working animals worldwide, which face a lifetime of work, with no retirement, in appalling conditions that never change.

You almost have to take your hats off to 72 Point for this one, to get from office workers upset about the loss of the good old days, to a line about the life of working animals. But I’ll let the SPANA spokesperson explain their hook:

Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of animal charity SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries, said: “They say things were ‘better in my day’ and it’s clear that older workers are nostalgic about the past and a time when work felt less stressful.

“But while it can be difficult to get to grips with longer working hours, new technology and higher demands, these problems pale in comparison with the gruelling conditions endured by working animals overseas.”

And in case there was any doubt that this article was written in full by a PR company with zero editing or fact checking from the news organisation that published it, we only have to look to the SWNS news feed to see the full copy.