Monday, December 04, 2006

I wasn't going to talk about work, but ...

In my adult working life, I have been asked twice to explain what I do with my time on the job (not just me but everyone in my department). The first time, we had to break down our day and list all activities – including potty breaks. This time (which just happened today), we’ve been asked how many stories we write for our weekly and monthly publications. And, it should be noted that we don’t just write – “just writing” a story involves research, setting up and conducting interviews, writing the story, editing the story, someone else editing the story, making revisions, laying out the story for publication and proofreading the final layout. We are researchers, writers, editors, layout designers and proofreaders, and we still have to perform the day to day administrative crap that’s required of anyone who works in an office. Frankly, I’m not the one who didn’t make budget this year. But, because sh*t rolls downhill and someone at the top of the hill must be having to justify her existence in cubicle hell, I must. Somehow I think my existence will be found to have more justification than hers. One can only hope.

2 comments:

monkey said...

I dunno how safe you are there. You're one of those people that actually does something. As opposed to someone like me, who has perfected the art of giving the impression of doing something ;)

Bummer to hear about that, though. That place is all scrambling and no planning.

Pammeey said...

Now we have to break down how long it takes to do each thing we do. The VP has estimated it takes four hours to write a story -- based on what, I don't know. Four hours to set up interview, travel (if necessary), research and write a story. I guess it's all about quantity.