IT Professionals Are Less Stressed

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-06-25 Email

You may or may not be aware of "Geek Pride Day," which is celebrated every year on May 25th to commemorate (appropriately enough) the release of Star Wars in 1977. As part of the tradition, TEKsystems has released its third annual "IT Stress and Pride" survey. This year's report presents very encouraging results: Stress levels among technology professionals are significantly lower than last year's, and job satisfaction is up. Few IT pros are seeking work elsewhere because of pressure at the current job, and the vast majority of them are actually able to take vacations without being expected to remain accessible and accountable to colleagues and managers. "We've seen a significant drop in stress and a positive swing in pride and satisfaction," said Jason Hayman, research manager at TEKsystems. "While it's encouraging, organizations still need to ensure that their talent management and workforce strategies are aligned to avoid overworked staff, unrealistic workloads [and] internal discord if they want to continue this positive momentum." More than 1,090 IT professionals—the majority of whom are at a senior level—took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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