Re: Squeaky Tech Writer Gets the Grease?

Subject: Re: Squeaky Tech Writer Gets the Grease?
From: "Jo Baer" <jbaer -at- tcfbank -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 16:49:33 -0600

All of that stuff goes on my weekly status report. I have to account for all of my time on a
project-tracking system, and my status report has to include explanations of "miscellaneous" time
not logged to a particular project. In my department we also submit self-appraisals to our manager
each year, so the status reports serve as a reminder of all the wonderful things we did all year.
And quite often my manager gets thank-you's or positive comments from the person who requested the
help, so she is kept in the loop that way.

If there is no formal, prescribed way of notifying your boss of these things, I suggest a weekly or
monthly memo. For one thing, I think my boss needs to know what extraneous demands are being made on
my time.


Jo Baer
Senior Technical Writer
TCF National Bank
Minneapolis, Minnesota
jbaer -at- -dot- tcfbank -dot- com

The mome rath isn't born that could outgrabe me.

Nicol Williamson

"Cook, Jenise" wrote:

> Just wondering... for those contributions you make on the job where your
> boss is out of the communication loop, do any of you out there ever meet
> with your boss to informally share what you've done? (Example of said
> contributions: [1] Help a coworker from another team--and, at an off-site
> location--create an important PowerPoint presentation. [2] Help a coworker
> format a wordy document by "mapping" the content.)
> Would you informally meet once a quarter? Or, do you wait until a month
> before your annual review and provide a list of what you've done?
> Just curious. Thanks!

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