The Multifunctioning DBA

Jan 14 2009   8:56PM GMT

Furlough (Forced Unpaid Time Off)

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

What is a furlough? That was my first question when I got the memo about EVERYONE in my company, nationwide, having to take one. In my case it is a 1 week period that I will not be allowed to work and I will not be paid. It is a temporoay layoff really. That being the case, since my company is in for some hard times, I will be using this unpaid vacation to search for new opportunities in the IT world. I know jobs are hard to come by right now but it never hurts to look right?

I think with my skill set, that I am an asset to any companies IT department. I am well versed in Windows Administration, server and workstation level, Citrix, VMWare, Datbase Administration (Sybase, MS SQL Server, and Oracle), not too mention my eagerness to learn and do new things while I continue to develop my skills in all other areas. I have been useful to my company with Exchange Server and automating tasks via scripts using VBS and now Powershell. Powershell, in my view, is the future of Administering any Microsoft product in the future.

Anyway, I just thought I would vent a bit about the Furlough since I know that many of the big wigs in the company, even though they also get a furlough, will still be getting bonuses and whatever other compensation they can find to make up for it for themselves. I know that this is much much better then not having my job and I think that this really shows the struggles of our current economic situation. My company is very large and is well placed in the market. My division of this company is a big cash cow for the company and we are all feeling the pinch.

I am a loyal employee and I really enjoy the company that I work for, but I hate that every 2 or 3 months we are hearing about more layoffs and now this furlough. I am more than willing to give up a week of pay so that no one, myself included, gets the layoff. I am, however, afraid that this is still just the beginning of a very rough road ahead. I am sure that I am not the only one in this type of a spot and to all of you out there with me I can only say, Do your job, do it well, continue to learn and expand your skillset, and I hope that by doing those things you, as well as me, will be able to make it through the tough months, perhaps years, to come.

Please let me know if you are in the same spot or if you know of any jobs that might be out and about for a guy like me.

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