Tears in the Rain – the Loss of Knowledge

Tears in the Rain

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. …”

– Roy Batty, in the movie Blade Runner

In preparation for sending my job South of the Border, I’ve been busy at work. Purging files, handing over ownership, transfer of knowledge and all the other buzzwords. It got me thinking about this quote today.  As I look back over the mere 5 years I’ve worked at this place, there are so many things that I learned that are stored only in my brain. Not all knowledge can be categorized, standardized, transferized or monetized. Memories, abstract lessons, navigating through people who have lost track of life outside the corporate box.

My boss wants me to “hand over my knowledge” to him before I leave.  I’m an executive assistant, it might be possible to transfer some to another assistant. Not to a manager who can’t attach a file to an email. And why should he have to? His time is better spent doing manager stuff. Just the tasks that I have committed to paper fill 3 type written, 2 column pages.

This list is only the tangible things. That’s not networking or who is the cute guy in IT to call when everyone else fails. Or the crabby old battle-axe that works in the other building who knows everything about everything. You just have stroke her feathers for 30 minutes to get the info out of her. There is no way I can teach him all the things that I do in the background for him in a couple of weeks. It’s almost insulting to imply that I can, or that anyone can for that matter.  I get this mental image of him on the high seas in a washtub with no paddle, only a few pages of instructions and web links.

The trend now is self-service, everyone does everything for themselves. No specialists and no assistance. What is happening is we are ending up with corporations full of Jack of All Trades – Master of none.

Oh well, that’s how it goes. Corporations don’t exactly move at the speed of light. Soon it won’t be my problem.

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15 responses

  1. good luck with the new job. youll soon learn the things you need to know 🙂

    1. Thank you. My new job will be retirement. Taking my mother on a train trip from Chicago to Seattle.

  2. I guess it´s the end of an era …

  3. I guess maybe that could do a “brain switch” like in Young Frankenstein…lol
    You are so short (an old military term) you need a stepladder to get over the threshold…kudos… are we having a party for you when “the day” comes???
    You betcha – hang in there….

    1. Party sounds like fun.

  4. I can’t even imagine how awesome this place is gonna be when you “retire.” I put that in quotes because you will probably be just as busy doing something else. 🙂 maybe something you love.

    1. Oh, I’m gonna be doing all kinds of things, for sure.

  5. Wonderful post. The awesome Blade Runner reference is what drew me in but there were no cheap tricks after that. It’s a strange but, even as a youth, I feel like the times they are a changing. At least, a little.

    1. Glad you enjoyed. I love Blade Runner and have every version it. And you are right, the times they are a changing.

  6. Your posts provide a lot of things: a good laugh, some head-scratching and/or head-shaking, and food for thought. The last 2, however, have also provided me with a reminder to give thanks for having been out of the office for the last 11 years. Hooray for freedom!

    1. Yes! Freedom is a good thing 🙂

  7. Thoughtful post. As an old broad who was fortunate to be a journalist when we actually went out and covered events and interviewed people while looking them in the eye, I was fortunate to retire before all that changed.
    I’m not against change, and some changes are actually good, but as you pointed out a lot is being lost, too, by this new world this old broad was dragged into. thanks for sharing.
    Pat Bean

    1. Going out and interviewing people must have been fascinating. Thank you for dropping by.

  8. Yes, there is nothing like having someone on $100k/year creating all their own documents and managing their own calendar… By getting rid of the assistant, the managers efficiency decreases by 50%, so they have to hire another manager to help manage the workload…

    Been there, too sister…

    1. Which sort of defeats the whole point of “cost synergies.” ***evil laugh***

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