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Subject:Re: Should I Bill for Time Reading? From:Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- STARCUTTER -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 23 Jun 1999 07:52:35 -0400
Ask your manager if he is willing to pay you for improving your skills. If
you think he wouldn't approve your request, you shouldn't bill for it. If
you think he will approve it, then ask him.
Now I'd better get back to work because I'm not sure my manager likes me to
take the time to respond to posts. He does give me the freedom to read to
Elk Rapids, Michigan - On the freshwater coast
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Subject: FWD: Should I Bill for Time Reading?
I recently started working for a small software company as manager of
their Publications group. This is my first management experience, and I
would like to spend some time reading two or three good books on the
subject of management. (Yes, Hackos' *Managing Your Documentation
Projects* is on the list.)
When this company made their offer, they let me choose between a
full-time, permanent position at a low salary and a 6-month
contract-to-hire position at a reasonable hourly rate. I went for the
contract arrangement for several reasons. My manager (president of the
company) talks and behaves as though I'm here permanently, and I assume
My question is: Is it ethical to bill the company for time I spend reading
these books on management? In most contracting situations, I would think
not. But in this situation, it seems like it might be legitimate.