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February 7th, 2010


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08:22 pm - Virginia, Slim
Last week, one of the senior CRAs (clinical research associates) decided to become quite effusive with praise and sent the following e-mail to my bosses:
I just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is to work with Sunil.
He is always so on top of things and is eager to help in any way.
He now has volunteered to give a webinar on Friday to all the sites and CRAs on SAEs [serious adverse events] and Med Net [EDC (electronic data capture) system].

All the [sponsor] CRAs have told me that he is such a great resource and is always available to resolve any questions that they have on SAEs and MedNet ( and we know these are a lot!)

Just thought it would be nice for you to know we all appreciate him!
My boss responded:
Thank you for your e-mail. It is great to hear that others appreciate him as much as we do!
And then her boss—my former boss—passed the e-mail along to his boss, the VP:
Just thought you'd appreciate this message as well – he really has come a long way!
And then he responded, copying a couple other VPs (I should note that I was not copied on any of these, but my boss forwarded them to me):
This is a terrific email and evidences your focus on Sunil's professional growth and development. I hope that you are both proud of the tremendous opportunities you have afforded him.
This is the VP who, in my first year at the company, got on my case—through my boss—about nodding off in meetings and being unprofessional in my business communications. And, looking back at those early e-mails recently, I am embarrassed at what I thought was appropriate. But now, over three years later, I have grown professionally, increased my responsibilities, and earned a promotion.

And yet I still refuse to believe I am deserving of such praise. I get points for answering people's questions? Of course I answer their questions! It saves me a lot of headache! I am eager to help because it makes my job easier. I gave the webinar so sites would stop being stupid. I feel like all the things I do are just part of being a good worker and a good person in general, nothing special or impressive. Every time someone tells me how good I am at my job, it makes me wonder what other sorts of people they've dealt with. I get annoyed and angry at the fact that there are so many incompetent people who have jobs.

I am at least mostly competent.
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From:miniglik
Date:February 8th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
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Yay!

I think there are a lot of unhelpful people in the world.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
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What is their DEAL??
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From:lembeau
Date:February 8th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
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Sunil, YOU ARE AWESOME!! It's good to see other people acknowledging that fact. \o/

I get annoyed and angry at the fact that there are so many incompetent people who have jobs.

And because they are there in those jobs it means that there are no open spots for me. :/ *shakes fist at economy*

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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
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I know! I know all these great people who don't have jobs, and all these terribly stupid people who do. It sucks.
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From:tripoli
Date:February 8th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
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Look at you :-D

As for the email--I would consider it good practice to incentivize behaviors you want to see, and one way I've found works most of the time is that you make sure the person's boss knows they did good. My dad is the best manager I will probably ever meet, and he makes a point of doing this, either by email or in person. There are always exceptions, and you don't want to go overboard, but assuming the person actually is doing what they're supposed to do, it's a social capital win-win for everybody.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
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incentivize
Look at you with the corporate-speak.

one way I've found works most of the time is that you make sure the person's boss knows they did good. My dad is the best manager I will probably ever meet, and he makes a point of doing this, either by email or in person.
Positive reinforcement is pretty sweet, I agree.

it's a social capital win-win for everybody.
Mmm, social capital.
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From:behindpyramids
Date:February 8th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
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You, are AWESOME. Congrats congrats.


and erm...hey...I am that incompetent newbie who sends those awful e-mails (I have gotten into so much trouble over my e-mails) and I don't even want to count the number of times I've fallen asleep in meetings. (There was one where I did that and I was sitting across from my boss and his boss. It was horrible because at least two people commented on it.)

...any tips? advice on how you got here? *hopeful* entry on how to be all awesome at the work place?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
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Tips on how not to fall asleep in meetings: er, get more sleep. I'm not sure how I stopped doing that. Also, I think it was because I started going to more meetings where I was a participant instead of an observer, so getting used to that helped me pay attention or at least fake it in meetings I wasn't getting anything out of.

As for learning how to send e-mails, the easiest way is to copy what other people do. All the older, more experienced people will be sending very professional e-mails, so learn from them. Copy and paste their wording if you have to. And eventually you'll know how to write business-appropriate e-mails.
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From:plazmah
Date:February 8th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
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Awesome awesome stuff!

Every time someone tells me how good I am at my job, it makes me wonder what other sorts of people they've dealt with.

I think this is the crux of the matter; there are so many lazy complainers who drag companies/workplaces down with their negative energy that being NORMAL is like a breath of fresh air. O_O
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
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That's just sad, though.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
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Very cool! And honestly, I think there's very few people who don't think 'I could be better'...most of the people that walk around thinking 'Damn, I'm good!' on a consistent basis are actually just blowing smoke up their own ass.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
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Honestly, if someone can blow smoke up his own ass, that's pretty impressive.
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From:ashfae
Date:February 8th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
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So awesome. =)
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From:hugecerealbox
Date:February 8th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, you sound like a great co-worker! I know several people on here have already said this but it's worth repeating: not everyone is a team player and not everyone makes themselves available to help others.

It's kind of weird hearing praise you don't feel you deserve but it sounds like you do! It could be worse;)
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:February 9th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
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this is so awesome.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:February 16th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Of course I answer their questions! It saves me a lot of headache! I am eager to help because it makes my job easier. I gave the webinar so sites would stop being stupid.
Have you found that answering questions has actually saved you a lot of headache? I'm just curious because I find myself more and more frustrated with the stupidity of others. I've run into the problem that most seem to A: like that I answer questions and say good things about me to the boss so yay, but B: don't bother to internalize those answers and retain any information. They treat me like google, asking the same things over and over again, and seem to truly have no memory whatsoever that we've had the conversation 12 times in the past six months. And your post made me think of that and wonder whether this sad fact is a sign of the absurdity of the atmosphere at my place of employ, or if that symptom is more widespread than I think.
I get annoyed and angry at the fact that there are so many incompetent people who have jobs.
Right there with ya. The bar seems to be so damn low.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 16th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Have you found that answering questions has actually saved you a lot of headache?
Oh, no, people are stupid.

And your post made me think of that and wonder whether this sad fact is a sign of the absurdity of the atmosphere at my place of employ, or if that symptom is more widespread than I think.
People are stupid everywhere.

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