IT Pros Cite Lack of Staff, Budget as Major Stress Inducers
The top sources of workplace stress for IT managers were dealing with managers, lack of IT staff and tight deadlines.The number of IT professionals considering leaving their jobs due to workplace stress has declined from 67 percent last year to 57 percent in 2013, a 10 point drop in one year, according to GFI Software’s second annual IT Administrator Stress Survey. The independent blind survey of 207 IT administrators in U.S. organizations with more than 10 employees was conducted in March by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software, and gauged respondents’ stress levels at work and revealed their opinions on their main stressors, as well as how their stress levels compare to those of friends and family, and how they affect their personal and professional lives. While GFI termed the percentages "still staggeringly high," the results suggest a measure of improvement in working conditions and attitudes over the past 12 months. Nearly one-third of those surveyed cited dealing with managers as their most stressful job requirement, particularly for IT staff in organizations with fewer than 50 or more than 500 employees. The other top sources of workplace stress for IT managers were lack of IT staff and tight deadlines, with 24 percent and 20 percent of respondents citing these as primary contributors to their stress levels. The cities with the highest percentages of respondents who say they find their jobs stressful are San Francisco (89 percent), Denver (80 percent) and Philadelphia (80 percent).
Nearly one-third of those surveyed work more than eight hours of overtime each week to keep on top of their workload—the equivalent of working more than 10 weeks a year in overtime. IT staff from companies sized between 10 and 49 employees are most likely to quit their current roles due to stress, with 41 percent regularly considering a change.