RE: Tuesday's news: cost-cutting measures

Subject: RE: Tuesday's news: cost-cutting measures
From: Matthew Horn <mhorn -at- macromedia -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 09:44:07 -0400


First of all, I sympathize with your plight and the feelings you must be experiencing right now. I hope this turns out well for you.

You didn't specifically ask for a list of possible cost-cutting measures that can be taken within the doc department, but I thought it was an interesting topic, so I'll post a few ideas.

- Go to online-only/PDF documentation (ship on CD and make available via web)
- Charge for a printed doc set
- Outsource editing tasks
- Outsource localization/translation tasks

As far as PT vs FT, I have some second-hand experience with the issues related to this.

1. Company's don't typically like the logistics problems of employing PT employees. It makes everything from scheduling meetings to determining pro-rated health costs difficult.

2. Being PT brings into question your ability to focus on the project at hand when you're only in there a coupla days a week.

3. PT employees often end up working FT hours. This generates resentment on their part as they feel they should be getting paid.

4. Companies lay off PT employees first, IME.

Matthew Horn
Sr. Technical Writer
< m a c r o m e d i a >

-----Original Message-----
From: Jane Carnall [mailto:jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 9:29 AM
Subject: Tuesday's news: cost-cutting measures

It's not really worth sending this ANONFWD...

Okay, I've just been told I'm "at risk of redundancy"... and unless I or the
company can think up some "cost-cutting measures" by Friday, I'll be
formally redundant.

Assuming that they mean it when they say "cost-cutting measures" - my first
thought is to offer to go part-time. Working two days (or three days) a week
would give me a safety net plus spare time to try and build-up freelance
technical writing/copyediting/indexing work, which is something I've been
thinking of doing for a while.

(My second thought is, of course, to go home, polish up the CV, start
URGENTLY sending it out to all and sundry. The two thoughts can, of course,
be carried out in parallel.)

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who's gone from full-time to part-time at
the same company, or any thoughts from people about how best to present the
plan of the company getting a part-time technical writer (and currently, I'm
the only one they have) instead of a full-time one.

Jane Carnall
"Tiny weasels."
Apologies for the long additional sig: it is added automatically and outwith
my control.
Home: hj -dot- carnall -at- virgin -dot- net

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