Respect or no?

Subject: Respect or no?
From: Eric Haddock <eric -at- ENGAGENET -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 09:57:09 -0500

Two independent posts on the same day about the same thing:

>If you think you get no respect as a writer *now*, try being a
>technical writer.


>Technical writers don't often get the respect they deserve

Really? I guess I'm naive because I haven't heard of this before. I can
understand a few companies here and there--no matter what the profession
there's a company that won't respect it--but the above posts made it sound
like "oh yes, didn't you know? TWs aren't respected nation-wide." None of
the TWs I know personally have ever complained about it so that's the basis
my perception. Am I wearing rose colored glasses?
If I change jobs, should I go in with the perception that it's more
likely than not that I won't be respected for what I do?

Comments on this list are the first for me so I have to ask:

Is there a lack of respect for technical writing at your job? I don't
mean for your personally, but is there a corporate attitude that
systematically denies all TWs in the company appropriate respect?

Who's doing the disrespecting? Engineers? Managers? Fiction writers?

And the most important question:

How does the company disrespect you as a TW?

/`-_ Eric Haddock ------
{ }/ Technical writer
\ | Engage Networks, Inc. -----
\__*| Milwaukee, WI

"Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words."
-- Mark Twain

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