We had a meeting at work today. At least the three of us writers left at the publishing company where I work. Earlier in the week, our boss — who’s a salesman — wrote a stringent e-mail message asking us to do more online work.
See, our Web site is a bit crappy. A lot crappy, actually. A paid consultant came in and told us so. The consultant ran down a long, long list of things that needed to be done with the site: redesign it, connect a blog to it, add video, add more content.
As I listened to that list, I knew that my bosses would focus on just one of those things: add content. You see, that’s the only improvement they can get for free, by throwing more work on us writers.
I agree that we need more content on the site. I understand it. But everyone seems to have forgotten that half of our writers were fired. There isn’t a lot of free time left in the day.
I’ll do what my bosses ask of me. But honestly, it probably won’t be my best work. In fact, I know it won’t be my best work.
Like a lot of folks out there, I’ve lost a large chunk of my motivation at work. I’m tired because of the extra duties being placed on me. I’m resentful because I’m not even getting a token raise. And I’m ticked that our sales staff, which has seemingly forgotten how to make cold calls, blames the editorial content of the magazine for their inability to sell any ads.
I’m sure I’m not alone. How many of you are dragging yourself to work every day wishing that it was already 5 p.m.?