Gettin' Engineers to trust you and this Darn Economy

Subject: Gettin' Engineers to trust you and this Darn Economy
From: "Doc Writer" <doc_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 19:29:37 +0000

I'm sure this has been hashed to death, but I have yet to get our engineers to believe that I know what I'm doing. Regardless of how much technical knowledge I show them that I know, regardless of the number of manuals that I produce, I still have those engineers that say, "I'll write it, and you can just send it to the printer." Right! That's all I do!

It might just be the culture that I work in, at the moment, but I get so frustrated at being seen as the "formatter". When I interviewed here, I asked the CTO, CEO and Business Dev. Manager their definition of a Technical Writer. Their answers confirmed that they respect this position. They still do - it's the "Indians" that think I'm a secretary.

Topic #2: Our CEO just sent out an email a few days ago asking for volunteers to delay their paycheck! <Now, bring your jaw up to your mouth!> Isn't that awful? However, he just purchased a million dollar home in the hills, is playing a round of golf right now with the partners and on and on. So, on top of not being respected, my paycheck might bounce.

Before I get flamed, the reason that I'm still here at all is because it doesn't seem that much easier anywhere else, and they let me telecommute as much as I want (I live an hour away).

Q1/ Is anyone else experiencing this sense of unsureness in your company's health?
Q2/ How can you be firm about showing engineers that you can do the work, (just give me the darn specs) without causing more problems?

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