RE: Office Space Guilt

Subject: RE: Office Space Guilt
From: "Neumann, Eileen" <ENeuman -at- franklintempleton -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 16:49:15 -0400

Well, I'm jealous and I don't even work in your office.

I'd say, in best procedure format:
1. Forget the guilt. You will be more productive in the office, thus it's good for the company to give you one.
2. Do not go to management. Cheerfully ignore my jealousy.
3. Bring chocolate.


-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-177285 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-177285 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]On Behalf Of Martin Bosworth
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: Office Space Guilt

So chipper
> up--while having your own office may seem to be putting on airs, it can
> also enhance your mystique, perhaps giving you the air of an irreplaceable
> resource ;)
> You're in an ideal situation, people are watching you waiting to see if
> you're worth the all the attention. So enjoy the privacy, produce manuals
> like crazy, and prove them correct!
> --Chris


That's very heartening. No pressure or anything there. :)


No, nothing openly negative. Just lots of snarky semi-humorous asides
and open admissions of jealousy.

Mind you, we hired a third project manager the same week I got hired,
and he bogarted me out of MY office. I only got this one because one
of the military personnel got transferred out. So I don't feel TOO
bad. I just think it's odd that no one's giving the project manager
crap, even though I've been here longer. I imagine it's that typical
dismissal of tech writers. :)

Martin H. Bosworth
Technical Writer, Telemedicine Directorate
Walter Reed Army Medical Center (
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