Re: dreaded part of the job

Subject: Re: dreaded part of the job
From: "Kathy Li" <kathyli -at- attbi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 20:28:24 -0600

I appreciate the chance to discuss this, as I am the lone TW in my group.
Dick Margulis and others bring up valid points about discerning the manner
in which the requested task was made, not the task itself. Though I have to
say that even my engineer colleagues pitch a fit on occasion if our manager
asks them to perform non-engineering tasks, such as preparing cubicles and
phone connections for visiting vendors. I guess everyone's got their
molehills to conquer ... The key is to try to do it graciously!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "Kathy Li" <kathyli -at- attbi -dot- com>
Cc: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 6:07 AM
Subject: Re: dreaded part of the job

> Kathy,
> I'm not sure there is any administrative or other task that is in and of
> itself demeaning. I think it is the presumptious attitude of the person
> making the request that is demeaning. "Say, Kathy, I'm really swamped
> here, and I'm having a caffeine fit. As long as you're going that way,
> could you grab me a cuppa coffee?" is different from, "Kathy, I expect
> you to bring me coffee, because my time is more valuable than your
> time"; but both involve the same "task."
> We all get offended when clueless managers abuse their subordinates, but
> I think it's the transaction that is demeaning, not the task.
> Just my two cents.
> Dick
> Kathy Li wrote:
> >Speaking of most dreaded parts of the job, does anyone have a demeaning
> >administrative task that they've been asked to
> >perform? my manager asked me once to fill out the hours he clocked for
> >various customers.....I was stunned.
> >
> >
> >

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