Re: troublesome writers

Subject: Re: troublesome writers
From: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 14:41:34 -0800 (PST)

I try to recognize that everyone has a different
personality, and I try to be open-minded and see this
as a positive thing.

It is troublesome though when an individual has
difficulty recognizing observed societal standards for
what is an appropriate style of communication.

I worked with someone who sat at the desk next to me,
who would go into graphic details with another
employee about her sex life, her "monthly flow," her
personal finances, and you name it. When someone
pointed out to her that she might want to tone it
down, she proclaimed "I am an independent woman who
doesn't need to adhere to the status quo." Such a
statement has a tendency to make a person cower away,
lest they be accused of "harassment" or

Then there is the writer who simply refuses to
cooperate, or, who intentionally creates gossip or
enjoys causing turmoil. Some people take a great deal
of pride in watching others squirm, and don't care if
they have to make something up to feed their
sociopathic tendencies. Sadly enough, these
individuals often pride themselves on being great team
players, who show up just in time to pucker-up for the

To deal with this, I have learned one simple rule:
Document everything.

If someone's behavior seems a bit off-center, write it
down and file it away. It's not a matter of being
paranoid; it's a matter of protecting your job.

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