Re: Squeaky Tech Writer Gets the Grease?

Subject: Re: Squeaky Tech Writer Gets the Grease?
From: Sue Ellen Adkins <sea -at- best -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 15:06:00 -0800

When I was a staff employee, I'd submit a weekly activity report. Headings in this report included tasks completed during the prior week, problems I encountered, tasks I planned to complete in the current week, and any other information I wanted to convey. I've used this last miscellaneous section for anything out of the ordinary; for example, I advised my manager of projects that I initiated because I felt that changes needed to be made. I'd include your examples in this latter section.

By doing it weekly, when it occurs, you're accounting for your time and letting your manager know about what may be weaknesses within the organization. Your boss may want you to expand your official duties and give a presentation to the rest of the writers on how to "map" the contents of a document.

sue ellen

At 2:38 PM -0800 2/22/02, 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!

Jenise Cook-Crabbe
Sr. Technical Writer
Pacific Life Insurance Co.


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