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from many years ago i recall a statistic that a tech writer can work
about two thirds of the day doing "hard" tech writer work (writing) and
then the rest of the day doing administrative/other duties. this equates
to somewhere around two to three finished pages per day. i use these
numbers to build my budgets and project time/costs for tech writing.
so i agree that 100% tech writing every minute would be hard to achieve
given the focus required.
quills -at- airmail -dot- net wrote:
> I really find all this rather humorous, in a gallows humor sort of way.
> I will give value for what I am hired to do. However, expecting 100%
> use of your time on the job from 8-5 is most unrealistic. No one, not
> even CEOs devote all of their time to the company during a day. You
> are paid for your time, and to accomplish a job. That is all. The
> concept that they own all of your time is ludicrous.
> Bathroom breaks? Breaks for rest? Clear your mind? Avoid repetitive
> stress injuries?
> Let us get real. Any manager who insists upon 100% all the time with
> no personal business occurring is not only unreasonable, they are not
> close to being a leader, and what is worse, they probably are not
> effective as a manager in the first place.
> I have a life. And if a company cannot accept that, I won't work for
> them. Good luck to them, because they will need it. I'll probably
> avoid their product as well.
> At 9:33 AM -0400 7/21/08, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
>> > I take my personal laptop to work with me. For doing anything for the
>>> company, I use the company laptop that it hardwired to their net. For
>>> doing anything personal, even something as mild as checking my email,
>>> use my laptop, which has a Sprint wireless modem. So if I connect to
>>> Internet from my personal laptop, that goes through the same structure
>>> my cell phone uses and does not involve company assets in any way. So
>>> if I do accidentally get something nasty installed on my laptop,
>>> no way to pass it to the company.
>> Sadly, this does involve company assets. This involves company time.
>> Companies are usually fairly flexible about this, but it should still be
>> acknowledged. I am not a manager but I know how they think. From 8 - 5
>> or whenever, you're on company time. There was a discussion on another
>> list about this. People wanted to do creative writing -- hopefully on
>> their lunch hour -- and didn't know how to do this without involving
>> company assets. The consensus seemed to be to use a USB stick. Okay,
>> fine. Then a real live manager chimed in, saying that, if you do
>> anything but your job on company time, then -- technically speaking --
>> you are stealing from him, and that's called theft. I'm just saying.
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