RE: On Office Politics and Being the New Kid

Subject: RE: On Office Politics and Being the New Kid
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 16:43:57 -0800

Mebbe. But mebbe there's a mis-communication somewhere. I can't tell if
Lori had the mandate/orders to write documentation for the web site. I
don't know if the other woman is supposed to be a formal reviewer. I
don't know if they work for the same manager.

I'd move slowly. I'd try to find out as much about what was going on
before as possible. The site administrator's comments are odd, to say
the least.

"Personal notes"? I would like to know what she meant! I can't imagine
that anything I've ever written would be considered a personal note. So
what does it mean?

No step-by-step instructions? That also seems odd. I need an example.

I suggest caution. Find out what's going on. Ask the boss. Keep it in


Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not
necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc.

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Subject: Re: On Office Politics and Being the New Kid

Based on Lori's description of the situation, I would say it is almost a
certainty that the site administrator will feel that something she
regarded as her territory has been taken from her. If she was aware
that the company was hiring a new person who was an experienced document
developer it shouldn't come as a surprise, but if it does and is an
unpleasant one, the managers' job is to ensure that it is presented as
resulting from their planning and not from any action initiated by Lori.


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