RE: document your job?

Subject: RE: document your job?
From: Ben Davies <bdavies -at- imris -dot- com>
To: Editor in Chief <editorialstandards -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com >> TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:43:14 +0000

"Is there a good reason, from the writer perspective, to pull all the documentation for such an environment together in one place, one document? Without the carrot/stick of ISO preparation looming?

I figure if I get killed or long-term hospitalized, I'm past caring what my replacement does. If I get laid off, well, you can fill in the blanks regarding how helpful I want to be to my lower-paid replacement, or to a company that tossed me to the curb. They'll figure it out, or reinvent it."

Unless your boss or higher-up requires this information, I do not see a need for you to go out of your way to create it; however, from a moral / ethical perspective, I would feel pretty greasy inside leaving a place that employed me for 20+ years without helping them understand the knowledge gaps I've created by not documenting how I do my job. It sounds like you have a lot of knowledge about your job no one else has. That reminds me of some old mechanics at a previous job who refused to tell anyone how to fix certain engines because they wanted to have "specialized knowledge" no one else had... because that makes them special... and more needed than others... etc.. but is it really the "right" thing to do? Your call I guess.

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