Re: how to prevent DBA burnout?
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:57:29 -0400
I would add: as a DBA, I appreciate if my boss is reasonably lavish with the budget. having grid control, diagnose packs, other handy monitor tools makes my live way too easier.. :)
and, vacation, vacation, vacation!!! not less than 3 weeks (for starters) :))))))))))
On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM, Jerry Cunningham <jerry59grp_at_gmail.com>wrote:
> Hi all...
> I came across this question on twitter (http://twitter.com/Michael_Corey).
> How do you prevent DBA burnout?
> I know there are a lot of smart people on this list - any thoughts? I
> replied via my blog (more than 140 chars!)... here are my 2 cents:
> 1) Communicate with them regularly. Forget business/corporate formality -
> everybody you work with *is simply a person*. From the security guard at
> the front desk to the CEO. How is life? Are you happy? What is stressing you
> out? If there are problems, what can I do to help?
> 2) Don’t forget how hard it is to find good people. At a previous job, when
> interviewing for a vacancy, I had interviewed for weeks without a promising
> candidate. This made me realize how good the people we had were, and I told
> them so. I told them, that while they were working harder due to the
> staffing shortage, I was not going to settle for less than the high standard
> they had set.
> 3) If somebody resigns (and you value them) - make them a counter offer
> immediately. It amazes me how often this does not happen. Or, the employee
> is asked “what can I do to keep you?”. Too vague - make a concrete offer.