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21 November 2005



There's one you're never gonna get a top flight CIO to agree to - own hardware. Not in any standards based outfit that is.

But they might just agree to your having a backup device?


I expect you're right Dennis. One alternative I'd push for if I were going to work for a company would be to negotiate in my contract that the company would provide the hardware I need to do my job (ie, laptop or whatever type of PC) and which I keep if I leave the company.

Such hardware is written down (even written off) after a few years and it's not a big deal for the employer to agree to such a request. Even if it means some kind of nominal price I'd have to pay (perhaps to satisfy tax requirements if for no other reason), it would be a good deal for everyone.

In fact, as an employee, I'd prefer that rather than bringing my own hardware into the workplace.

Josh Hallett

I have a slight issue with the second item, using your own e-mail address. I am always suspicious when I am dealing with a representative of a company that uses a personal e-mail account. To be clear this is different than an outside consultant or a contract employee working on behalf of a company.

When a 'full-time' employee gives me a personal e-mail account at first contact I usually think, "This person isn't planning on hanging around long."


That's a good point, Josh.

If I were in that situation, what I would do is include my personal email address as an additional means of contact. That's becoming more common - people with more than one email address where the additional one is a domain that's different.

As long as it's something a little more credible than a Hotmail address, though ;)

Niti Bhan

Excellent overview. I was in this position earlier this year, and quite rightly lost my work email address and any files and folders in that account, even personal. From my experience, I'd add a couple of points I learnt,

1. If you know you are leaving a few months in advance, and most people with 15-20 years of experience wouldn't leave in a heartbeat, start your blogging early. Participate in community or professional interest blogs if you don't have the time to start your personal one. This will ensure your name is out there, linked to your own email address and website/blog without the issues mentioned above by Josh Hallett.

2. The hardware issue is a problem in many offices with IT Dept's fixing the specs of the PC and laptops. But you can still keep much of your information and research portable across platform and geographic location. For example, Flickr, Del.icio.us, a transitional Gmail account used to store files online (2GB storage accessible from anywhere in the world), Skype accounts, typepad et al, all of these are independent of the physical location of your machine and your browser.

3. Oh and get some of personal business cards (I used www.gapingvoid.com) for the interim period, say a few weeks before you're to leave the organization, and pass out both cards - this ensures your personal email, URL and mobile number are out there once you lose your "corp identity".

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