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Sacking an I.T guy

By gflyhalf ·
What is the best way to lay off an I.T guy? I've heard of a guy who was given a notice and within the same day,he had corrupted the database,deleted crucial files and took off within 30mins. Cases are also told of guys who install viruses that are triggered off when they dont log in within a specific period of time....

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How to terminate

by Marc V. Ridenour In reply to Sacking an I.T guy

When you decide to terminate an IT employee, DO IT AS SOON AS HE/SHE WALKS IN THE DOOR THE NEXT MORNING! DO NOT ALLOW HIM/HER ACCESS TO THEIR WORKSTATIONS OR ANYWHERE ELSE SENSITIVE!

Immediately scan your entire system with anti-keylogger programs and antivirus/antispyware programs as well. And make sure the former employee has not installed back doors, trap doors, or whatever to get into the system outside of established protocols and procedures.

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You must have worked with some

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to How to terminate

or for some real nice people.
I'd keep quiet about the way you thing departing staff must be treated, someone might start wondering why you feel that way.

Just a hint.

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Treating somone like a crminal

by matthewhastings In reply to How to terminate

Treating somone like a crminal
Everyone seems to be saying similar things about this like the coment below. I.T people are not criminals!!!

When you decide to terminate an IT employee, DO IT AS SOON AS HE/SHE WALKS IN THE DOOR THE NEXT MORNING! DO NOT ALLOW HIM/HER ACCESS TO THEIR WORKSTATIONS OR ANYWHERE ELSE SENSITIVE!

If you treat someone like a criminal when they have done nothing wrong they will proberbly get pretty pissed off. I would look at getting them back in some way. wouldn't you?

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an advise how to terminate

by agaetos In reply to How to terminate

Tell an IT employee/Team that the organization has a 2 Billion Dollar's operation loss and lossed market share substantially. Senior managements appreciated the valuable
service contributions to the organization and plans to relocate the IT employee(s)/team into a remote location. A remote location that is too far from an active collaborative lifestyle.... otherwise, disclose that the management also considering to offer an early retirement package....

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Only a total moron would believe that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to an advise how to terminat ...

It's far more believable that Upper Management is taking a Pay Cut and trading in their Company Cars for a drive your own second hand pile of junk.

Sorry but when I see Upper Management tasking huge Pay Increases and Bonuses I have a bit of trouble expecting that layoff's are required to keep the profitability up.

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And at the same time

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to How to terminate

Lock down all the undocumented access that the CEO has.

I've yet to see a Professional do any harm but I've seen a lot of so called Management destroy companies through sheer stupidity.

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Depends on the situation

by w2ktechman In reply to Sacking an I.T guy

I have been at places where I was told and then immediately walked to the door, and I have been at places that informed me and let kept me around for a week or 2 to handoff assignments and train someine to take my place.
Yes, it does suck, but I have never done anything malicious. The worst that I did was 'borrow' a few cd's to gather my information from the computer. This was work related problems that I spent time to resolve, and thought to add them to my library (which is all but lost now, since it is NT4).

If you trust this tech, then it should not be a problem. However, if he/she is being terminated because of a wrongdoing, or if he/she has commented in the past about doing harm to the systems/net/etc. then walk him/her to the door or have security walk him/her to the door.

I once went to a meeting and in the meeting one guy stood up and yelled at the manager, security walked him out promptly. His manager and a witness spent 30 min. gathering his stuff from his office and sent it to the lobby for him to pick up.

But unless it is an extreme case, my suggestion is to let them work out the day. They may opt to leave early (most will), but it should not be an issue. I wouldnt lock out their account as they may want to send out an email stating that they are leaving, and possibly send out alternate contact information. However, the email should be looked at before it is sent out, or it can be written up and sent out by the manager instead (allow the manager to see mailbox, and change the users account PW).

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ROFL Yelled at him

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Depends on the situation

If I got the push for that my career would have been over before it started, if someone isn't listening, SHOUT

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Well i never...

by Dukhalion In reply to Sacking an I.T guy

I've been layed off a couple of times because of work shortages, but I still have both keys and approved access to the companies in question. And they still contact me from time to time to do small favors, which they happily pay for.

It seems that this discussion is assuming that IT-pros are unreliable. In my opinion IT-pros are more reliable than other people because of their logical approach to life.

If someone is fired in a way that would make them "retaliate" in some way then the bosses should take a long hard thinking if they are doing the right thing. (Sacking actual crooks excluded of course, but You don't get to be an IT-pro if You're a crook).

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Hmmmm...

by darinhamer In reply to Well i never...

I'm sorry, but your logic does not make much sense. First of all, I don't believe IT people are more or less reliable than anyone else. This discussion does not point out that IT people are unreliable, but that PEOPLE can be unreliable in general. You never know who is going to retaliate and who isn't. This has been proven over and over again. Anyone in the company can do some damage, but IT people happen to have control over some of the most valuable resources. It makes sense for a business to protect those resources.

Also, you don't get to be an IT pro if you're a crook? Are you serious? Would we need all the layers upon layers of security if there weren't some IT geniuses out there who were also lacking integrity? Your average breaking-and-entering crook is not hacking into the corporate network. The people who are near the top of the tech class are. And hopefully the other top students are defending against them.

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