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Does The Job Matter To You?

Last week I wrote an editorial for SQLServerCentral titled Does The Job Matter To You?, asking how much the type of work mattered – what if you could do something you really wanted to and make the same money?

As usual the comments (90 or so as I write this) are far more interesting than the editorial. I wasn’t patient enough to count the split, but clearly there is a set of us that care deeply about having a job that speaks to us, and another set that is willing to work hard and participate, but just doesn’t bond with their job for lack of a better way to say it.

Looking back, I can see this is one of the friction points I’ve seen on teams. I suspect the vested in work crowd works longer and expects the other set to do the same. Probably not as simple as that, but I think it would be a great Monday morning discussion and I wonder if having that chat might not help everyone understand what motivates the others a little bit better.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 26 May 2010

Might be a good interview question to ask of people. Not sure you'd get the honest answer, but might help fit cultures together, or even build a disparate team.

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