Survey Says IT Worker Stress Way Down, Pride Up

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Keeping Up With Technology

Keeping Up With Technology More Stressful Than Managing Workloads

Forty-one percent of entry- to mid-level IT professionals consider keeping up with technological advancements to be the most stressful part of their career, up significantly from the 29 percent that said the same in 2014. Meanwhile, just 9 percent feel the same about coordinating and interacting with co-workers and supervisors, down from 18 percent in 2014. Comparatively, senior-level IT shows little change from 2014.

TEKsystems' Take: Keeping up with technology crept ahead of workload as the top stressor as compared to last year, indicating that departments now feel that they are doing a better job of distributing the workload amongst staff members. This may have also had the trickle-down effect of lessening the stress related to interacting with co-workers, which was a bigger stressor when staff had heavier workloads.

According to a new report from TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, the tech industry has seen a vast improvement in the IT working environment over the past year. Stress levels are down significantly from the last few years, and IT staff appear to be on top of their workloads and finally able to take some well deserved, and uninterrupted, downtime. Additionally, IT staff reported a renewed pride in their work and growing responsibility. Overall, the survey results point to a vast positive change in the stability of IT staffing environments as compared to a year ago.

"This year certainly paints a much rosier picture than last year — we've seen a significant drop in stress and a positive swing in pride and satisfaction," said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. "While it's encouraging, organizations still need to ensure that their talent management and workforce strategies are aligned to avoid overworked staff, unrealistic workloads or internal discord if they want to continue this positive momentum."

The findings represent the views of over 1,000 IT professionals. Key highlights are featured in this slideshow.


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