Re: FWD: A Good Problem, but a Problem Nonetheless...

Subject: Re: FWD: A Good Problem, but a Problem Nonetheless...
From: "elizabeth j allen" <eja -at- samurai -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:02:45 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Concerned,

I would approach it as simply a career path preference for you. Saying
that you are a wasted resource implies that someone is doing the wasting
and that someone may not appreciate that implication.

It's never out of line to discuss with management your career goals. I
might say something like "I've been here a while and I really like the
job, but what I really want to do with my career is focus on the technical
end of things. My prior experience in the business end has shown me that I
am much happier when I focus on the technical writing deliverables. How
can we adjust my current position to be more in line with my career

Friendly, open-ended, non-judgemental, and non-confrontational. All the
things that make for a positive negotiating experience. If they value you,
they will work with you to help you meet your goals.

If nothing changes, that too is an answer.

All the best!

Elizabeth J. Allen
Technical Writer
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein

> Here are my questions:
> * Is my situation typical? Are any of you in a similar one?
> * Are my concerns about losing my skills justified?
> * Should I raise a flag about being a wasted resource?
> * A I out of line to say that I want to focus on technical matters, and
that I feel it's not the best use of my time and their resources to have
me where I am?
> -Long Time Techwrler


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