Stress is a natural part of any job. It helps keep us motivated and pushes us to stay productive. However, too much stress can cause us to shut down, affect our health and become a major problem.
Recently, GFI Software announced the results of its third annual IT Admin Stress Survey. The study found that 79 percent of IT staff is actively considering leaving their current role because of job-related stress. This is happening despite improving economic and staffing situations across the globe. This is up from 57 percent that were looking to do so in 2013.
Other key findings from the report include:
- 77 percent of respondents consider their job stressful
- 38 percent have missed social functions because of work related issues
- 35 percent are losing time with family due to work demands
- 33 percent lose sleep
- 25 percent have suffered work related illness and 17 percent complain of poor physical condition because of work demands
- 30 percent believe they are the most stressed person in their social group.
Sergio Galindo, general manager of the Infrastructure Business Unit at GFI Software., said in the report that IT is known to be one of the most stressful white-collar jobs to undertake. It has gotten worse in recent years as IT plays a more critical role in every system like e-commerce and facilities management.
"There is a lot that organizations can do to reduce the burden – and with it the stress levels – carried by IT staff," Galindo said. "Providing realistic IT budgets and staffing levels helps a lot, but there are productivity changes that can also significantly de-stress the IT department, such as investing in technology to automate personnel-intensive activities like deploying software updates and managing sprawling Wi-Fi networks and the myriad of mobile devices that users are bringing to work."
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