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

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  • IT administrators in Boston report that they have the most stressful end users in the nation, with 43 percent indicating that the users they support are the biggest contributor of stress. The national average is 12 percent.
  • The top U.S. cities in which respondents work more than eight hours of overtime are: Philadelphia (47 percent), Boston (43 percent) and Dallas (40 percent).
  • The top U.S. cities in which the greatest percentages of respondents do not experience any overtime are: Austin (66 percent), Charlotte (60 percent), and Houston (50 percent).

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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