Editors and intranets

Subject: Editors and intranets
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 1997 13:46:36 -0600

Since there have been a few questions on intranets lately,
here's a useful reading source: PC Magazine (April 23/96)
ran a detailed discussion of the issue.

Faith Weber asked when you know that it's time to hire a
full-time editor. "Hire one right away," he replied, trying
vainly to hide his editorial license. <grin> Here's a good
solution: hire a freelancer to do various jobs and see how
many hours the person spends at your work site. When you
hit 25 or more hours, it's probably time to consider
bringing the person in-house full-time.(Set the time
threshold as high as you like; my feel is that once the
person hits 25 hours, you're ready to expand the workload
to a full 40+.) This has an enormous advantage over
traditional hiring practices: if the person works out, you
don't have to hold a formal competition for the job (with
the associated costs and the risks of complaints based on
perceived discrimination); if not, you're under no
obligation to renew once the short-term contracts expire.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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