Quality of Life
There's a "quality of life" survey at the IGDA. I filled it out, but it bothered me. It is not the best survey ever written. For one thing, there were too many multiple choice answers where the choices were all so specific I would have chosen "none of the above" if it was an option. For example, do I work at a big studio with 4 or more projects or a mid-sized studio with 2-3? I work at a big studio with 3. Better to have two questions: number of employees, and number of projects. Another thing: I checked the box for "my friends and family think I work too hard and want me to spend more time with them" but my wife would think that even if I worked a forty hour a week job. (She's going back to work in February, though, so there'll be some more slack in the near future.) And sure, I seem stressed out all the time. But that's just my pessimistic nature. And no, I don't think I'm paid enough. But who does? And no, I don't look happy. But I am. Really. And yes, everybody here is involved in the crunches, whether they want to be or not. I personally think that's a good thing. (I talk more about it in my latest Manager In A Strange Land article.) And yes, we're too god-damned ambitious, and it means we always end up cutting and crunching...but that's our own damn fault. It's not like upper management is breathing down our necks and saying, "More! More!" Basically, this survey is going to make us look more miserable than we really are.