Re: Help me keep track of the time I spend writing, with meetings, and with Graphics.

Subject: Re: Help me keep track of the time I spend writing, with meetings, and with Graphics.
From: SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:13:21 +0200

OK but this would be true for an in-house too.


On 1/29/08, Combs, Richard <richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com> wrote:
>
> SB wrote:
>
> <snip> He takes about 5 to 10 times longer than I
> > have in the past to update a same document. So, how can I
> > figure out what is wrong there and fix it if I know exactly
> > the changes that are involved. </snip>
>
> You have the before and after versions of the document, right? So, is he
> updating 5 to 10 times as much content? And if so, are the changes
> necessary and appropriate? If not, have you told him his work is
> unacceptable and made both your expectations and the consequences of
> failing to meet them clear?
>
> <snip> I just feel that I am giving him the
> > easy part and taking on all the load and he can't even meet
> > the deadlines for the easy part. </snip>
>
> If you've set deadlines that you're confident are reasonable, and he
> failed to meet them, then why are you still paying him? If he's making
> your job harder, not easier, he needs to be replaced.
>
> <snip> Note that he is very
> > experienced and I do personally like him, I just get very
> > frustrated that it does not matter how small the project, if
> > he is given a life time, this is how much it will take him </snip>
>
> There are contractors and consultants who put far more effort into
> getting the contract and being likeable than into the actual work they
> do. Some manage to make a career out of this, preying on the many people
> like you who are easily taken advantage of. If they're "given a life
> time," of course that's how long it will take! They're paid by the hour!
>
>
> There's no software that will help you, SB. If your description of the
> situation is accurate, then no offense, but you need to grow a spine.
>
> Richard
>
>
> ------
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> 303-223-5111
> ------
> rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
> 303-777-0436
> ------
>
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