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

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  • Respondents from the West region of the U.S. find their jobs more stressful than those in other regions, with more than three-quarters (76 percent) of IT administrators indicating their jobs are stressful. This is a major shift from 2012, when the Northeast was reportedly the most stressed region for IT managers (74 percent of them felt it) and the West was the second least-stressful region to work in.
  • 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).
  • At least half of respondents in Columbus, OH (56 percent) and Detroit, MI (50 percent) say they do not have enough IT staff to get the job done.
  • At least one-fifth of respondents in Boston (29 percent), New York (20 percent) and Los Angeles (20 percent) say they do not have enough budget for IT upgrades and projects.

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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