Re: TWs and their work tools!

Subject: Re: TWs and their work tools!
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 11:13:06 -0600


Although it's helping you to do your job using your own equipment and software,
I think you may be shooting yourself in the foot in the long run. Why should
they bother to upgrade you when you're doing it for them?

What I would do in this frustrating situation is to, as much as possible, make
friends with IT. How well this works depends entirely on the amount of
interaction and contact you have with them. Some places, I couldn't have told
you where IT was located, much less who the people were, others I knew them very

Plug away at your job, documenting every time you lose time and data due to
crashes and lost files. You have deadlines? Explain to your manager that, given
the equipment, you can't promise to meet it because....and produce the list
you're keeping of time and data lost when the system crashes, especially if it
does this frequently. Explain the T=$ equation (Time equals Money). Granted,
this may get you nowhere. I once worked for an idiot who could not make this
connection. He never realized the inadequate equipment we used cost him money
because it took twice as long to do our work, all he could see was upgrading
would cost him $$s (I don't think they're in business anymore. My children, 11
and 14 at the time had better business sense and feral cats have better people

Document the time and data lost, do the best you can on the inadequate
equipment, and keep explaining why it's taking you so long. Maybe they'll see
the light, and if not...well, you tried.

Good luck!

Jo Byrd

> Mark Emson wrote:
> The company has never had a full time writer and it seems that I am a bit of a
> trial. I've ended up with an old slow PC and a mix-match of software that is
> made up in layers of upgrades. These seem to contribute to the hours spent
> each week trying to recover crashes and lost files.
> I have two obstacles to overcome but I can only see one real solution.
> 1) The IT dept thinks that as the new-boy I am just whinging and hence don't
> take any interest in my problems.
> 2) The boss thinks about equipment and software and can see £s being flushed
> down the pan.
> My solution: I have started using my own laptop and software to get the job
> done.
> Q1) Does any one else, other than teleworkerkes or home based contractors,
> find this sort of practice necessary?
> Q3) What is the legal aspect of all this.What happens if my PC looses files,
> gets stolen or breaks down before a full backup had been made?

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