Re: Are we just secretaries?

Subject: Re: Are we just secretaries?
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 14:59:07 -0400


Okay. You're allowed to feel sorry for yourself for five minutes if it makes you feel better. Now your five minutes is up. So get over it. There is nothing demeaning about being compared to a secretary. Businesses cannot run efficiently without good ones, and their work is as valuable--possibly more valuable--than your own.

That said, what, exactly, are you complaining about? That you are being asked to do something for which you are not qualified (possibly the case, considering your spelling--but I digress, and we're not supposed to comment on spelling)? That formatting and editing are unimportant. I hope you don't really think that! That some work is menial and boring? Join the real world: all work can be menial and boring if you approach it that way. Or it can be productive and fulfilling if you approach it _that_ way. It's your choice.


Mariposa BY wrote:

>maybe it's just the mood I am in today - but I have
>been working on an installation guide for two weeks.
>As most of it is code that I don't know - the
>programmer (who is LEP - the politically correct term
>for Limited English Proficient) has to write it and
>then I write it in correct English - and also format
>tons of lines of code so that the columns are even and
>all code is in the correct style - and all that jazz.
>Geez. I feel like a secretary. I am not writing - I am
>making it pretty - formatting it - and also
>re-writing his writing. But executive secretaries -
>don't they do that too?
>It dawned on me today that some of w3hat I do is -
>well - not that different from secretarial work?
>The user guides and specs are a different story. There
>I truly create - write - devise - use discretion and
>judgement. But this kind of stuff - I feel like a
>Sorry to be glum. Just needed to get this off my

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