Survey Indicates Improved Outlook on IT Administrator Stress in U.S.

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  • 65 percent of all IT administrators surveyed consider their job stressful, down slightly from the 2012 survey, which revealed 69 percent of IT admins found their jobs stressful.
  • Nearly one-third of those surveyed work more than eight hours of overtime each week in order to keep on top of their workload. That is the equivalent of working more than 10 weeks a year in overtime.
  • Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of respondents feel the same level of or more stress than others in their social circle. This is more than a 10 percent decrease from last year’s findings, when an astounding 72 percent said this was the case.

GFI Software™ recently announced the results of its second annual IT administrator stress survey, which revealed that the number of IT professionals considering leaving their job due to workplace stress has declined from 67 percent last year to 57 percent in 2013, a 10 point drop in one year. While the percentages are still staggeringly high, the results suggest a measure of improvement in working conditions and attitudes over the past 12 months. The outlook is not so rosy in the UK (see this related announcement: GFI Survey Shows Rise in IT Administrators Wanting Career Change Due to Stress), where 73 percent of IT professionals are considering leaving their job due to workplace stress, an increase of four percentage points from last year’s figures.

The independent blind survey of 207 IT administrators in U.S. organizations with more than 10 employees was conducted from March 5-12 by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. The survey gauged respondents’ stress levels at work and revealed their opinions on their main stressors, as well as how their stress level compares to friends and family, and how it affects their personal and professional lives.

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, respectively, citing these as primary contributors to their stress levels.

 

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