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> > You can also create a personal case. Work so hard
> > that your manager
> > knows that it would be difficult or very expensive
> > to replace you. Then
> I have to disagree with this idea. It would be
> productive only under just the right circumstances. It
> has been my experience that most companies don't
> really care all that much about documentation anyway,
> and they tend to regard tech writers as fungible
> goods, easily replaced. If you deliberately work
> harder, you run the risk of doing extra work for
You're right that it may not work everywhere. But look at it this way.
Would doing the opposite work? Would doing as little as you can get away
with be likely to convince your manager to let you telecommute? If your
manager doesn't trust you on site, you're not likely to get permission
to work off site. And even if working hard doesn't amount to much at
your current job, you can take the task list I mentioned and possibly
use it to your advantage for finding a better job somewhere else.
Fortunately, where I work is a great place, although telecommuting isn't
common (yet!). I also have been blessed with a wonderful manager. I
earned the right to work remotely by working as hard as I could for the
first 2 years that I was here. When I told my manager that I was moving
away from the area, she did everything she could to convince her manager
and H.R. that I should be allowed to continue working for the company,
and she used my performance reviews to show why she felt that way. I
doubt she would have been willing to stick her neck out for me had I not
worked so hard for her.
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