RE: Tuesday's news: cost-cutting measures

Subject: RE: Tuesday's news: cost-cutting measures
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 10:16:53 -0400

Well, I would argue cutting 10% from the USD 10,000,000-per-year CEO's
salary has less real effect on quality of life than cutting 10% from the
USD 50,000-per-year technical writer's salary.

I would also argue that the leadership is more to blame for being in the
soup than the technical writer.

I would finally argue that part-time is better for the tech writer than
the pay cut.

Of course, opinions might vary and your experience is probably much more
sound than my wishful thinking.



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:JPosada -at- book -dot- com]

My opinion is based on being involved in three separate instances at
different companies where to the media, it was announced that cost
measures will being instituted, and at the same time, seeing from inside
that the F/T people were asked to reduce their rate or salary...along
product lines being dropped/sold and plants being closed/sold....and one
instance of my boss being let go but they kept me.

Rate reduction is immediate, visible, and it does save money. Changes to
internal processes have implementation costs and may or may not be
effective, and the specific cost reduction result usually cannot be

>Obviously, some work will be left undone.

Reduce rate and you haven't changed the head count or reduced
capability...the only one suffering is the person who's rate is reduced.

>If there is a 10% pay cut needed, at least shouldn't there be a 10%

That's pretty funny

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