Re: permalancer

Subject: Re: permalancer
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Technical Writer <tekwrytr -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:51:42 -0800

Technical Writer wrote:

> Consider: rotation after a fixed period spreads
> the work among a larger number of temps.

Who has that goal?? My first thought is that it
might suit employers whose work requires only
generic skill.

Generic skills are not a characteristic of tech
writing work, except where it intersects with jobs
for "tool specialists" who do things like prettify
documents, or warm bodies who occupy the tech writer
desks as a concession to some visionary who felt that
they "ought to have tech writers."

> I do not
> see anything at all harmful in the practice, and
> see a LOT of benefit in increasing turnover.

Increasing turnover means losing experienced people,
with the attendant loss of time and productivity, and
additional costs for training the new temps, doesn't
it? This is the benefit LOT you're trolling, no?

Ned Bedinger
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doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com


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