Re: secretary's day

Subject: Re: secretary's day
From: Penny Staples <pstaples -at- AIRWIRE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 09:57:20 -0500

Hi Melissa,

I think I'd be upset too. Is the card from just one person, or from a group?
If it's from just one person, maybe you could have a quiet word with that
individual, and explain what you've just told us. Some people are slower to
recognize change than others; I still run into individuals who assume that
if you're a woman, and you type, that you must be a secretary of some sort.
They often mean well though - maybe you could turn it into an opportunity to
do a little educating?

Penny Staples
pstaples -at- airwire -dot- com


-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Alton <maalton -at- UNITY -dot- NCSU -dot- EDU>
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU <TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: April 22, 1998 9:41 AM
Subject: secretary's day


>Hello all fellow tech writers.
>
>I have a workplace dilemma. Today is secretary's day. Not something i
>would usually care about because I dont have a secretary. But this year
>I care about it because when I got to work there was a card on my desk
>thanking me for my good work as a SECRETARY! (i've been with this
>company for 4 months)
>
>While its nice to be appreciated, its not nice to be considered a
>secretary when you have a BA from a prestigious university and are
>working on your MS in tech comm. AND do not perform secretarial duties.
>I should also mention that I don't get a secretary's salary...nor do I
>have a secretarial title.
>
>Frankly I am highly insulted. I feel like issuing a statement explaining
>that while I appreciate the card and being appreciated, I am not a
secretary.
>WHat do you guys think? Should I just forget it or voice my opinion?
>
>
>
>




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