Letters to the Editor: What is your biggest job aggravation?
We have all had one of those days. You know, those days when you accidentally oversleep, straggle into the office late and find the coffee pot drained by your punctual co-workers. Then, when you finally, groggily sit down at your desk, you have 20 new messages from users with complaints, your phone will not stop ringing, and your e-mail inbox is filled with SPAM, SPAM and more SPAM.
The editors at SearchWin2000.com recently asked you the following questions: What is your biggest job aggravation? What is your most daunting job challenge? What would make "that" day mentioned above get 100-times worse?
Here we have chosen our favorite and most amusing responses to share with you. Enjoy!
My biggest challenge is trying to keep up with all the technical changes that are relevant to the particular project I am currently working on. The rate of change is always accelerating.
And the answer is: Microsoft. Right now the mail server is being used to relay Spam. I consulted experts at Microsoft, news groups, forums and a couple of MSCE's and because we're Microsoft Exchange 5.5, nothing can be done.
It's not something technical that makes my days turn to bad ones, it's usually when people who have no technical background just expect objects (programs, servers, workstations, etc.) to run smoothly without any problems.
My biggest aggravation is noise in the office. We work in a cubicle environment and the conversations get loud and make concentration on work extremely hard. I am not above using the occasional swear word when anger drags them out of me. After all, I do work with computers… But a consistent use of foul language shows a lack of respect for coworkers.
When users always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, when warned about a virus/worm, to not open ANY E-MAILS WITH ATTACHMENTS, open them anyhow, get the virus/worm, and then say "Oh, I only open e-mails from people I know." Even after you've told them that the virus/worm can, and will, come from someone you know or a
spoof of their address.
Spam, spybots and trojans.
My biggest job challenge is a bad manager.
I am actually thinking of writing a book on my trials and tribulations at a small family run business. I have been here 5 years in September and I have seen a lot. Not just the IT arena but day to day business operations and knowing that people are going to get fired before they do. Not to mention the IT problems. I have been interested in writing for a very long time and believe me, there is a lot of material here.
I am very busy most days supporting 20-25 servers and 800 users, so
can usually only spend 30 minutes a day or so trying to learn more and keep up with the technical advancements. I wish I could, but that is the way of it.
Mostly I get frustrated by the restrictions imposed by the bandwidth infrastructure we have to live with. Even with a "512" Kbps connection, the image is still too small to be comfortable.