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Subject:A Last Post on Secretary's Day? From:George Mena <George -dot- Mena -at- ESSTECH -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:55:17 -0700
We tech writers, on more than one occasion, maybe don't always get the
recognition that we sometimes think we deserve, especially after we've
pulled a few 14-hour days in a row to get a project out. Like it or
not, that's often an occupational hazard we all have to live with. As a
result, anytime someone wants to do something nice for me, I'm more than
willing to receive such a blessing as a gift from the universe. I'm
certainly more than happy to paraphrase a line out of a Steve Miller
song and sing "Go on, take the praise and run..." Remember, getting
praised for doing a good job almost never happens anymore in the
Additionally, the recession wasn't that long ago and can very easily
come back at any time, as the Pacific Rim countries are finding out the
Remember, it's better to get paid for your work than it is to stand in
the unemployment line. =) It's also more profitable. =)
Jill Burgchardt wrote:
>Actually, there's an important issue here that isn't about egos. If
>perceive your job as something other than what it is (secretary,
>whatever), their attitude usually includes an expectation that you'll
>job IN ADDITION TO your real job. That's a very real problem.
>Since sending my post about encountering the "secretary" situation 12
>I've received several offline notes from people who are facing problems
>perceptions/expectations. Honestly, I wouldn't care a bit about title
>pay were good and I had time to do my REAL job--you know, the one my
>evaluation is based on.
>Knowing now, what I didn't know then, here's my advice. Arm yourself
>good project plan. Use it and make sure managers see what you need to
>what impacts your doing it. This approach avoids all the controversy
>you focus on your job, not someone else's.
Technical Writing Consultant
George -dot- Mena -at- esstech -dot- com
ESS Technology, Inc.
48401 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538