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Maybe I?ve been working in environments that differ greatly from those of
other list members, but I?ve NEVER found a job that was completely immune
from office politics and occasional moments of petty behavior, by both
colleagues and superiors.
>From some of the posts I?ve read here, it seems many of you are ready to
bolt from a company at the slightest annoyance, and blacklist the b*stard
who dared to disagree with you, and NEVER, under any circumstances, make
an effort to smooth the situation through diplomatic tactics such as a
measured and qualified apology or peace-offering. Wow. Glad I don?t work
I LIKE what I do, and I know that most of you do, too. In my opinion, a
big portion of my salary goes to compensate me for the THINGS AT WORK THAT
Maybe that?s a novel way of looking at it, but I do find it helpful now
and then to remind myself that I?m getting paid a comfortable amount for a
job that is for the most part pretty enjoyable and interesting. When I get
annoyed, I say to myself, "Well, that?s why I get PAID to do this..."
I?ve had bad jobs; most of us have. In our specialty, such jobs can
usually be avoided, due to what is still a strong job market. I just think
it?s a shame to torpedo GOOD jobs with an overly selfish and defensive
</end of this chapter of Chicken Soup for the Tech Writer>
IPCC 01, the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference,
October 24-27, 2001 at historic La Fonda in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN UNTIL MARCH 15. http://ieeepcs.org/2001/
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