RE: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)

Subject: RE: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:48:11 -0800

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

> I don't get it.
>
> I've worked in high-tech since 1981 (most of it as a techwriter), and aside
> from a very few bad-ish apples whom I could count on my fingers (and have a
> few fingers left over), my experience has been almost uniformly of really
> great, hard-working, helpful people who enjoy their jobs, genuinely want to
> see you (me) succeed, and every one of them honorable and conscientious.
> Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of young over-achievers, crusty old hands,
> managers both new and well-steeped, directors and veeps.
>
> There's the occasional end-of-project push that requires a weekend or a bunch
> of long days, but for the most part, any stress I experience is self-
> generated. I have standards, y'know... :-)
>
> In that time, I've worked for two giant multi-nationals and a couple of
> smaller companies. My current gig started last century with a 40-person start-
> up that has since been purchased by three successively bigger companies. Given
> that I'm in Canada, and the companies that bought us were American, I had some
> worry that the culture and management would become cut-throat, abrasive, and
> short-sighted. Not so. Reasonable, level-headed, straight shooters abound.
>
> Have I been inordinately lucky for 30-some years, or have some of y'all just
> tripped into a cesspool as you stepped out of college, and never again found
> the shore?

If it's luck, I've had it too (although the Hemingway quote comes to mind: "You make your own luck"). The people I've worked with or for have almost all been decent, honorable, and well-intentioned. Some have been less competent than others -- and than I'd have liked. :-) But only very, very rarely have I encountered meanness, dishonesty, or bad intentions.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
303-903-6372
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Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: sphilip
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Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: Keith Hood
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RE: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off): From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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