What I prefer
For most of this last week, I was editing and revising a document that a co-worker had drafted, about the best way to measure reoffending (based on our data holdings). Kind of technical, as you might infer.
It was interesting enough -- and a change of pace from my usual thing, which is writing scripts in Stata to perform analyses, then making tables and graphs to present those results -- and maybe a few sentences to highlight the important patterns.
But on Thursday and Friday, I got to muck around with data (i.e. writing the scripts) -- and that was a lot better! I was a pig in slop.
That was just a further reinforcement that I don't want to go into management: in management -- at least around my place -- you write about what other folks do. As a worker bee, you do it. :)