Workflow problems and Proofreading

I have a situation with my company. Every time there’s a project I never get the final copy to start my design work. The constant changes and many hands getting involved is making my workflow suffer and I am being blamed for missing stuff and my proofreading suffers tremendously. I do not know what to do to explain this to them. I have the type of boss hat “needs to see things first” so he know what to write. It drives me up the wall.

Anyone else has this problem? How can I improve this situation?

Answer

If you are in a position to be able to speak up, I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all to let your co-workers know that the lack of finality on the copy they give you is causing problems in the design workflow. One company I worked for, for example, never had a real in house designer before me, so they had no clue how to interact with me. Your situation may be the same and they could be looking for guidance from you. Otherwise, if your boss insists on writing content to fit the design (gag), you could try laying something out, slap in some Lorem Ipsum and let him be responsible for constraining his writing to fit your text blocks.

For hailstorms of copy edits, keep a log of who sends changes and when, and make that information available during any conversations where you could end up taking blame for anything.

Finally, take ownership if the opportunity to bring about positive change! Devise an improved workflow for these projects and try to get your coworkers on board. If your idea improves the situation, you can take all the credit 🙂

Honesty and diplomacy is always best.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Juan Puerto , Answer Author : Natalie Harris

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