Re: Some of us are victims and some aren't (was Re: Tech writers, comments about.)

Subject: Re: Some of us are victims and some aren't (was Re: Tech writers, comments about.)
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 14:06:53 -0500


Sean Hower wrote:

[all majorly snipped


Granted, if such a business did exist chances are it wouldn't be around long. . . .


(Yeah, right. There are plenty of highly profitable but dysfunctional companies that have been around a long time and will continue to be.)


I suppose one way to determine if the tech writer is being whiny or is in a truly bad situation . . . .

I don't think that's the point that some are making here. I have worked for truly sucky bosses, some of them at truly sucky companies. That has never stopped me from doing a great job--a much better job than asked for or expected--or from enjoying my work. This has nothing to do with my being a morally superior person. It has only to do with the fact that when I am in a situation like that I FOCUS ON THE WORK NOT THE RELATIONSHIPS (yes, I'm shouting). I am the only person who has to appreciate the quality of my work. If my boss appreciates it, too, that's a plus. But if I'm casting pearls before swine, I concentrate on making the best pearls I can and I don't worry about the swine.

This attitude has always engendered a pretty decent level of job satisfaction. Have I ever had a bad day? Sure. Have I ever fantasized about driving a wooden stake through a boss's heart? Sure. But for the most part, I have always been happy to get up and go to work in the morning and glad to be busy enough that I didn't notice I'd stayed late--no matter how some SOB was trying to make my life miserable.

So my advice to people who feel put upon in their workplaces is the same as that of a lot of others here: get over it. Put your energy into the work and derive your satisfaction from putting out the best product you can under the circumstances, and let the rest of the stuff roll off you.

Dick




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