If you look at the current technology landscape, it is easy to see that businesses are facing a bigger challenge than ever before. Complex systems like the cloud and mobility are becoming standard and the pressure that is put on IT departments to deliver is growing. However, it is also increasing the stress level of all employees.
Recently, TEKsystems released the results of its second annual "IT Stress & Pride" survey. According to the numbers, 31 percent of technology professionals believe they are doing the most stressful work of their careers. This has caused 81 percent of entry and mid-level employees and 65 percent of IT professionals to start searching for a new job. On top of that 69 percent of non-senior workers and 22 percent of senior professionals would be willing to take a pay cut if it meant toning down the stress levels.
This is born from a few different areas. The study found that the top three stress producers are keeping up with company requests and workloads (31 percent), keeping up with technology (28 percent) and the impact on work-life balance (23 percent).
The latter is getting out of control. Sixty-one percent of senior IT professionals report that they are expected to be available 24×7, which is up 57 percent from 2013. Making matters worse, 47 percent are expected to be available this much even if on vacation. Traditional work hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. do not exist as 52 percent of entry and mid-level IT professionals and 88 percent of senior IT professionals believe they are expected to be available outside of "normal work hours."
Despite this there is pride from tech workers. Sixty-four percent of IT professionals and 58 percent of entry to mid-level professionals are proud of their career choice and current role. Also at least 76 percent of all IT professionals would choose this career again.
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