By WetWetWet - 04/01/2010 11:15 - India
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How in the world did he deserve it? He has no power over the condition of the building that his job is in, i.e. the pipes. He was doing everything he was supposed to do by getting the project done early and saving it on the computer. YDI's are for people who knowingly do something stupid and have control over what happens but this guy had no control over this. The building isn't his responsibility, it's someone else's. No way did he deserve this!
Back up your work. And if you'd finished it, why didn't you submit it early? You don't exactly deserve it, but by taking basic steps you could have avoided it.
Yeah but he shouldn't have to worry about it, that's the thing. The condition of the building isn't his responsibility, so there's no way it could possibly be his fault. Even if he took no steps to make sure the file was saved for good, it's not his fault because the pipes freezing was completely out of his control.
assuming you are in an extremely small company with no network support whatsoever, you should keep critical files such as this project on a backup media such as an external hard drive (if you have one available or the funds to buy one) or on a network drive that hopefully your IT department keeps available. However, being that as it may, you may still be able to salvage the hard drive, assuming that you didn't keep the computer on over the week-long rest. If you did, there's a chance that the drive may have been fried and the information lost. If not, try contacting your IT department and see if they can recover the information using the drive in another available computer. And Happy New Year!