IT Workers Report Significant Decrease in Stress Levels
When on vacation, 83 percent of senior-level IT professionals say they are not expected to provide any availability, up from 30 percent in 2014.Good news for stressed out IT professionals—a TEKsystems survey of more than 1,000 IT workers indicates a vast positive change in the stability of IT staffing environments as compared to a year ago. Eleven percent of entry- to mid-level IT professionals and 13 percent of senior IT professionals consider the work they are currently doing to be the most stressful of their career, a significant decrease from the 30 percent and 32 percent that said the same in 2014. Nearly half of entry- to mid-level (47 percent) and senior-level (45 percent) IT professionals consider their current work to be the most satisfying of their career, an increase over 2014 levels (39 percent and 42 percent). Seventy percent of entry- to mid-level and 81 percent of senior-level IT professionals say they are currently proud of their career in IT and are proud of their current role, assignments and responsibilities, with 91 percent and 85 percent indicating that they would go into IT again if given the chance to do things differently.
"The potential correlation between the drop in stress levels and the rise in pride is definitely an interesting take-away from the study," TEKsystems’ research manager Jason Hayman told eWEEK. "First, we need to consider what has caused the drop in stress, and most likely it’s a combination of several factors. One factor is the high demand for IT talent among organizations of all shapes and sizes, but short supply of resources. While employees in other professions might stress about finding their next job, IT professionals are being actively pursued."