Re: Reorganization

Subject: Re: Reorganization
From: Michelle Nichols/VENTANA <Michelle_Nichols/VENTANA -dot- ITP -at- LGATE -dot- VMEDIA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 15:28:42 EDT

I have been following this thread with great interest. I recently left a very
large computer company after much agonizing over what was making me so
miserable. Part of my misery was caused by being part of a development team
that lacked respect and understanding for what skills I brought to the team;
part of my misery was being removed from the part of writing I enjoyed most
(editing existing text for organization and completeness). The reorganization
of the writers in with the programmers amplified these two existing "problems"
with my job. Even though I learned great skills during those two years (a
little bit of programming and a lot of user interface design), I feel I did not
gain an ounce more respect from my peers.

I currently work as a developmental editor for a computer book publisher
(Ventana Communications Group) and it is a perfect match for my skills/writing
interests and for my interpersonal needs (I get tons of respect, as I work with
other writers and editors). I suppose I am thankful for the switch as it
helped me find happiness more quickly than I might have otherwise. Be open to
how your reorganization will change your perspectives on what you do, where you
do it, and how you do it. It might be a good fit for you, or it might not.

Michelle Corbin Nichols

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