RE: workplace issues

Subject: RE: workplace issues
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Technical Writer" <tekwrytr -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:18:08 -0400

On Behalf Of Technical Writer
> The point of all this is simple; if you are a technical writer with
> than 10 years experience and a considerable amount of expertise, you
> be well-advised to keep your head down and focus on productivity a bit
> more, rather than believing that socialization, writing personal
> and surfing the Internet on company time is acceptable behavior. It
may be
> for "senior writers" or designers, but if you have to ask if it is
> acceptable, you probably don't have enough skill or clout to pull it

... which is just one of those gems that I thought should go into a book
or website dedicated to informing recent (less than ten years?) writers
about the niceties and not-so-niceties of modern work environments.

If I wrote the book, it would be one of those unsatisfying ones that ask
a lot of questions, but provide few answers... or that provide so many
possible/plausible answers for each question that the reader is still
not much farther ahead, in practical terms.

Other folks would have the confidence to just pick/assert one way to
respond to each situation, and never mind that they'd be wrong for 2/3
of readers. It's the hubris and an accessible writing style that get you
published. :-)

- Kevin
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