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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Jun 16, 2017

In every job I've ever held, there's been some scope creep in my duties. No matter what I think my job is, I end up handling tasks in very different areas. While bartending, I've had to cook food a few times. While managing a network, I ended up performing some software development. As a DBA, I've assembled network cables. As a manager, I've had to arrange and setup dinner banquets for late working employees. Even at SQLServerCentral, I used to have to make sales calls when I expected to be more of a technical worker.

That's the sign of a good employee. Someone that pitches in and gets the work done as needed, doing their best if the task is out of their skill area. It's what I'd expect from most employees, though I've never worked with a union. Rules might be different for union employees, though I'd hope most would pitch in in a crisis. I also think this is something I look for when I interview people. I hope to get the feeling from a candidate that they'd be willing to learn to handle tasks outside of their primary position.

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