What Would Don Draper Do? Mad Men Vs. Today's Workplace

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Whether you watch Mad Men or not, the Emmy-winning show is a fascinating time capsule of life half a century ago. If you're not familiar the series, which is now in its fourth season, it revolves around the inner workings of a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960s and the people who work there.

The majority of today's workers wouldn't recognize the world of Sterling Cooper (which changed to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the current season). Thanks to the Lucky Strike account, there is a supply closet filled with cartons of the famous cigarettes, and employees smoke them – at their desks, in the hallways and even in the elevators. Executives have liquor cabinets in their offices, cocktails are served during meetings and the three-martini lunch is the norm. And Casual Friday? No such thing.