Re: New Employee Problems w/ Management

Subject: Re: New Employee Problems w/ Management
From: Stephen Forrest <techwriter -at- IBM -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 18:24:43 GMT

At 10:09 AM 10/6/97 -0500, Penny Staples wrote:

>First of all, do you report to him? If not, you may get
>some results simply by being firm with Mr. Know-it-all.
>If his responsibility is to schedule assignments, and not
>to edit or comment on other writers' work, then he's not
>standing on very solid ground. He may see himself as
>the "true Tech Writer", but if he has no management
>authority, you're within your rights to ask him to keep
>his delusions to himself (politely, of course). Or critique
>his stuff.

Asking for a clarification of the organization chart would be a reasonable
request. Find out from management or human resources exactly what the
defined limits of his authority is. Anything not in writing is open to
interpretation.

>If none of this work, I'd be inclined to check out other job
>possibilities, but it depends on what the job market
>is like in your area. If you do leave, make sure management
>knows why.

I agree.

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