You’ve worked hard all year, putting in endless hours and a tireless effort to keep your company’s IT operations running efficiently. It’s time to take some much-needed time off – you deserve it! But before you tidy up your desk, set your “out of office” message and shut your (own) system down for a week (or two), here’s a checklist of must-do tasks to ensure that while you’re gone, the business will still run as smoothly as can be and you won’t have to worry about getting frantic calls while you’re trying to relax on the beach.
A few weeks prior to your vacation, make a detailed list of the top IT tasks you perform on regular basis. Then, use this list to create automated workflows for these tasks. Instead of having to train other staff members and risk the chance of something going wrong or slipping through the cracks, these workflows will do your job for you while you’re gone!
Bring Your Team Up to Speed
Take some time to show your staff what you have accomplished, what workflows you’ve created and what these workflows will do in your absence. That way, while you are gone your team will be able to tackle more tasks without having to call you every time an alert goes off.
Program your system properly so that if something goes wrong, the alerts that are not related to you go to the right people. If possible, entrust one team member to step in and handle any specific alerts that would normally be handled by you. This way you can enjoy your time off without interruption.
Prepare automated workflows for worst case scenario (i.e., a mission-critical service failure), and prepare an automated remediation process for that, so if and when an issue occurs, there will be a plan in place to automatically resolve it. When you come back to work, no one will know you even went on vacation!
Relax and Have Fun!
The life of an IT professional is hectic and stressful by nature. Nobody earns time off like us! So, once you’ve done all of the above, it’s time to relax. Grab a good book, pack your bags, sip on a cocktail and have some fun! When you have the right plan in place, you won’t have to worry about what’s going on back at the office and you can enjoy your well-deserved time off.