Human as Resource ( was Re: FW: more #$ -at- %#^&$# secretary stuff...)

Subject: Human as Resource ( was Re: FW: more #$ -at- %#^&$# secretary stuff...)
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 18:15:51 EDT

In a message dated 98-05-12 17:59:52 EDT, traceym -at- APPLIEDMAPPING -dot- COM writes:

<< My boss stopped me and said it =
wasn't a good use of my resources, get the secretary to do it. >>
And this DOESN'T just happen with 'secretarial' tasks.

A lot of us in the technical world are, I think, naturally helpful. And have
to learn to be less so.

My first week as a programmer, one of the salesmen came through, introduced
himself, was real friendly. A short while later, he asked if I couldn't do
some small thing for him (long forgotten).

This gave rise to one of my first corporate tutorials.

My boss immediately told me that:

A. The salesman should have gone through him before using one of his
B. If I started doing little things to be helpful, they would suddenly, as if
by magic, become my responsibility.

It's human nature to help, and it took me a while to absorb these lessons.
But they're pretty fundamental in an environment where employees are also
referred to as 'resources' and departments charge back services amongst

Jim Chevallier
North Hollywood
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