How to burn out your DBA as quickly as possible
Are you trying to get rid of your DBA – or DBA team? Want to make a reputation for your IT shop that will make recruitment borderline impossible? Simply want to make somebody’s life miserable? Then this article is for you!
(Note If you want a happy DBA that stays with you, do the opposite.)
- Put your DBA on call 24×7
- Nobody wants solo responsibility for a system. People like to go to dinner… a movie… a vacation… sleep… and should be allowed to.
- No backup DBA team
- This is a corollary to #1. Of course, if you have no backup DBA, #1 is easy.
- Make your DBA work long hours
- 80-hour weeks happen sometimes, but after a while, it gets old
- Lots of weekend / late night patching and deployment
- Many sites have this one down pat… they have a Friday night (or weekend) deployment every week, with all hands on deck. This is a great way to make people update their resumes. They work hard all week, then at the peak of exhaustion, they have to perform a task which requires high concentration and late hours, followed by another long week.
- Additional tasks with no training
- Good ideas are upgrades, new features, migrations, and implementing high-availability systems, as well as monitoring same
- Blame the DBA team for everything
- Some shops even have rooms dedicated to this – often called a “War Room” – where the stated purpose is to diagnose issues but the end result is often finger pointing.
- Long commutes
- This is most prevalent in large cities (NYC, Atlanta, LA), where commutes in the 1-2 hour range are not unusual. We recently hired a NYC DBA who was commuting 2.25 hours every day, in EACH direction, from central NJ. Bonus: Add #3 to this (long hours) for extra special burn-out.
Retaining your DBAs
For starters, do the opposite of all the above.
On top of that, consider a hiring a backup team of expert DBAs (like us). This get you:
- Business continuity (in case they jointly win the lottery, buy an island, and toss their cell phones into the ocean)
- Depth of knowledge (chances are, we’ve done it before)
- Breadth of knowledge (…and in most industries)
- Evening and weekend coverage
- Expert-level assistance, on demand (also, we’re all on shore).
Contact us today to learn more.
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