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General Chat Thread, Handovers in General; Just a quick straw poll from you guys really. When you're going away on holiday, or even when you leave ...
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    Handovers

    Just a quick straw poll from you guys really. When you're going away on holiday, or even when you leave a place, do you provide a handover, and if so - to what extent?


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    Re: Handovers

    no. not required to do so.

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    Re: Handovers

    Even if not required to leave a handover, I usually drop an email across, informing my NM what's outstanding and who might nag him for something in my absence (eg if I've not managed to get something done). I don't do it because I have to, I do it out of politeness.

    I guess this brings another question: is it OK to drop everything like a stone and expect your colleagues to pick it up?
    (specifically relating to holidays here)...

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    Re: Handovers

    As all the jobs are in our job tracker I would assign them to who was left I suppose if there were ones that I weren't going to get done before I left.

    Ben

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    Re: Handovers

    I guess this brings another question: is it OK to drop everything like a stone and expect your colleagues to pick it up?
    There's at least two people who know system XYZ here. So if one of them is on holiday, ill or has a fatal accident 'picking it up' is a non-issue.

    We're pro-rata. We don't work school holidays.

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    Re: Handovers

    Geoff,

    Are you workmates also a geeky as you are? From other posts you give the impression that your set up is 'highly customised'.

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    Re: Handovers

    Yes, If I am going to be off on holiday I leave a big list of outstanding jobs that need to be complete and the Technicians just work through them and tick them off as they go.

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    Re: Handovers

    As I'm from an 'industry' background, I always prepare a handover, written or email. It's just the one thing that I think is important - not keeping colleagues appraised of your work is, IMO, unfair on them.

    The last thing I would want is someone to be busy and something to land on their desk that they didn't know about or haven't dealt with before (but I had).
    (and in my situation, that can sometimes happen).

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    Re: Handovers

    Call me suspicious but why are you asking at all. Are you tempted no to

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    Re: Handovers

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer
    Are you workmates also a geeky as you are? From other posts you give the impression that your set up is 'highly customised'.
    Varying degrees of geekyness. But basically, there's at least 3 of us who can have a stab at any windows server stuff. Two or three (depending on the paticular area, one of the guys is still learning as I've mentioned) who can crack Linux problems/installs/whatever. Desktop support is fair game for all.

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    Re: Handovers

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Desktop support is fair game for all.
    Is that who ever cant hide the fastest

    Russ

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    Re: Handovers

    An email / written note for reference at least 2 days before and then on the day before a verbal conversation to flesh things out.

    I have been dumped on before by people going on holiday and jobs being left undone ... and some have ended up causing nasty problems ... I keep promising myself that I would not get into that position again but now it is not support stuff I have to worry about but other things too.

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    Re: Handovers

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Desktop support is fair game for all.
    Is that who ever cant hide the fastest

    Russ
    It's just plain weird really- but have you noticed that technicians can never hide fast enough ;-)

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    Re: Handovers

    I always try to do an e-mail to the team so we know whats done and not done etc, I feel it polite to do so.

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    Re: Handovers

    I've been left to hold the fort on a couple of occassions, and since myself & the NM have a good working relationship I've always been informed of what's what.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingswood
    It's just plain weird really- but have you noticed that technicians can never hide fast enough
    Heh, I was called over the radio today by one of the site staff, asked where I was. So I replied then I got the "Okay, Mr. Such-and-such is on his way down to see you". Yeah, cheers... :P

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