Désirée (síc) commented on Friday’s post:
I wonder, do not these pro copy guys some form of woe of silence? Or couldn’t you just have stood by him while he did the job, making sure he didn’t read or made 119 copies?
It feels like it must have been much easier for you to miss pages or leave original pages behind in the copier or left jammed paper being readable rather than a pro giving the script feet.
First of all, I googled “woe of silence” to see if it was a fantastic expression I’d just never heard before. Alas, it appears to be a typo. 🙁
Still, I take Désirée’s méaning. It’s perfectly reasonable. I wondered about that exact same thing.
I say “wondered,” and not “said,” because I would never state such a thing out loud to my boss.
See, even though they’re not “creatives,” production coordinators, APOCs, and the rest of the office staff have the same fragile egos the above-the-liners are famous for. It doesn’t matter how bad their instructions are, or how much better your solution is, if you question them, you’ll get shot down.
I wonder if it’s because they see your ideas as a threat? After all, a good portion of their job is identifying problems, and giving out orders on how to fix them. If a PA has a better idea than the boss, then that means, to a certain extent, the PA is even more qualified than him to do his own job.
Which, in my case, is true.