Re: Control Issues

Subject: Re: Control Issues
From: Wanda Phillips <wanda -at- writelivelihood -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 14:39:13 -0800

There are excellent points in the posts I've received. I knew all this once, and managed my workplace interactions along these lines. I think, in part, my year of illness and his own burgeoning portfolio changed my relationship with my manager so that I work in an atmosphere that lacks trust. I am, right now, not much more than a very well paid data entry clerk/transcriptionist.
One of the changes my local colleagues and I have noted is that the minimalist direction and management our manager had previously offered has vanished. We are far more exposed to the vagaries of a work-force under pressure.
Also, the tech pubs group as it is now structured is a collision of structures and job responsibilities that don't match. Our bi-coastal existence does not make it easy to bridge the differences and our manager is completely adrift, he had no idea how to integrate the two teams into one. So, he pretends that issues are not happening. And instead of managing, tells me to be more considerate of my coworkers. That cuts me. I had, finally, after a month of struggling to get co-operation on a particular project told my co-worker to go to our manager since I was not being heard, perhaps he could get through. I've realized since that my coworker doesn't know what her job IS! And, rather than telling her, my manager told me to be nicer to her, that was the phrasing he used. I wonder now what the big deal is, it is as much that I feel like the job is double-booked with unclear boundaries as it is that the tech admin on the other coast, in trying to help out, has invited sharks to feed. Since she doesn't seem to understand our document development process, she's invited reviewers known for their urge to change text to read content that is not only already approved, but translated, and now formatted for delivery. It is the exhaustion of having to try follow the process and having to defend myself and the process.
Having had a chance to *talk it out* and be reminded of the skills/techniques that were once second-nature to me, I am beginning to see the core of the issue.
One: I am on a sinking ship and the captain is directing the band to play on. There are no lifeboats. The happiest person in our group is the fellow who retires next month. He has a spring in his step and a tune on his lips.
I've never been on a sinking ship before, I am being consumed by the anxiety that is so pervasive, identifying it is like fish trying to identify water.
Two: I am not recovered yet from my year of illness. I have not recovered my emotional balance and I need to give me and my coworkers extra leeway while I get back up to full strength.
I will continue to work on reviving my skills, letting go of the job, and just getting done what I can get done where there is doing I can do.
Thank you,


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