A coworker asked me to help him troubleshoot a Microsoft Word problem.Â He was trying recreate a hand drawing of how to fold a piece of packaging and he was having difficulty.Â Word doesn’t enjoy sub 1/10th inch placement of objects and often raises a fuss when creating a drawing area inside a text area inside a drawing area inside a text area.Â He’d created a mediocre hack job but found somethings wanting:
- A dashed line was created by making a bunch of little lines, spacing them, then grouping them together instead of using the right-click -> format -> line style option.
- Transparent figures where given white sublayers by creating white borderless boxes.
- All the text was in a single text box with each piece being located with spaces and tabs of various sizes.
I was able to replace his work with a more accurate drawing in Publisher in about 10 minutes including a narrative of what I was doing.Â I ask him how long his version took, “about six hours”.Â I asked him if this was average and it apparently was.Â This man is probably paid 50% more than me and received healthcare.Â I felt bad when it turned out the guy I replaced was 50% better than me at my then job, but I am roughly 60 times faster at this job than he is.Â I think I can make a reasonably strong productivity case for replacing him, should it come up in conversation.