IT Worker Stress Levels Rise in Summer Months
One third of all survey respondents see nearly half of their colleagues working remotely during the summer, adding to the stress levels of IT pros.IT professionals felt the heat this summer as they kept networks humming along for remote workers on vacation, according to an Ipswitch survey of 239 IT professionals in the United States. The report noted that over the summer months, most organizations see a significant expansion in the number of remote workers, which can make the job of a network manager or system administrator more difficult. One third of all survey respondents see nearly half of their colleagues working remotely during the summer, with 42 percent of respondents citing problems with malfunctioning laptops, followed by network connectivity issues (32 percent) and poor application performance (16 percent). "The job of IT professionals isn’t going to get any easier. We will continue to see this trend as IT is constantly faced with added pressures on the network and are tasked with doing more with less," Jeff Loeb, chief marketing officer at Ipswitch, told eWEEK. "Whether it be the introduction of new devices, or an increase in employees working remotely, IT professionals have to keep up with constant changes so their business can continue to run smoothly. As seen by this data and supported by our last survey, IT is unfortunately burdened by a 24/7 mentality from employees, and IT professionals won’t see a break until the technology they use supports the complexity of their job."
Loeb said the most surprising finding from the survey was what device IT professionals would eliminate from the network.