IT Professionals Overworked, Losing Pride in Their Jobs
Overall, the percentage of IT professionals who would not choose to pursue a career in IT rose from 19 percent in 2013 to 23 percent in 2014.Nearly one-third (31 percent) of IT professionals say the work they are currently doing is the most stressful of their career, according to TEKsystems’ second annual IT Stress & Pride Survey, which explores the levels of stress, expected accessibility and career pride experienced by IT professionals. The survey indicated feelings of stress were consistent across groups, with 32 percent of senior-level IT professionals and 30 percent of entry- to mid-level IT professionals reporting all-time-high career levels of stress. More than two-thirds (69 percent) of entry- to mid-level workers said they would be willing to take a pay cut to escape stress. Comparatively, less than one-quarter (22 percent) of senior level workers would be willing to accept a pay decrease to escape stress. Overall, the percentage of IT professionals who would not choose to pursue a career in IT rose from 19 percent in 2013 to 23 percent in 2014, indicating a trend towards dissatisfaction or disengagement that organizations ignore at their peril, especially considering the increase in expectations being placed on senior staffers.
"While the majority of IT professionals are proud they chose a career in IT, the survey results point to the potential of a trend towards dissatisfaction or disengagement that organizations need to monitor," Jason Hayman, market research manager for TEKsystems, said in a statement. "The shift so far is slight, but if it continues and organizations do not prepare for and adjust their talent management and workforce strategies accordingly, they could face even greater turnover, possibly causing even more stress and increased workloads for those employees that stick around."