need suggestions on handling a boss

Subject: need suggestions on handling a boss
From: anonymous
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 20:48:52 -0500

Hi all,

I have a sticky situation, and I don't know how to handle it. I get along
well with my boss, except when it comes to work deliverables. I never seem
to be able to do what it is she wants. Half the time, I don't think I have
enough information to do what it is she wants me to do.

For example, today I was to write procedures for a process that I didn't
really know except for one meeting that I attended. She said that I left
out half the stuff that we talked about in the meeting, but she didn't tell
me what it was that I left out, but that I was to give her another draft by
tomorrow morning. She doesn't want me to talk to the people who do the
process, because she doesn't want me to bother them -- they're busy. When I
ask her questions about it, she told me to put in what I knew and she would
fill in the gaps.

Of course, I wasn't given the material to prep for the meeting, so a lot of
what they talked about in the meeting went over my head.

I have tried talking to her about this before, and she told me that I was
argumentative. Or she just freaks out and then tells me to come to her if I
have questions, that she knows the process. Well, she is so busy, that I
can't get her to sit down with me. I mean, if she has to sit with me and go
over it, she might as well write them herself.

So now I have this major deliverable for tomorrow morning, and I don't know
what or how I am supposed to put it together.

I have written a lot of procedure docs before, but I always sat down with
the person, or went through the steps to do it on my own. I feel like I am
having to write it with being deaf and blind.

Any suggestions?




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