Why IT Admins Are So Stressed Out

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-06-15 Email

A stunningly large majority of IT administrators report that they're stressed out, according to a recent survey from GFI Software. While stress levels are generally significant within a broad range of job categories, the IT admins surveyed said their level of stress is as high as, or higher than, that experienced by anyone in their circle of friends. The situation is getting so bad, in fact, that most of these admins have considered switching careers, and many feel that way on a regular basis. There are many driving factors here, including taxing interactions with managers and users, tight deadlines, and inadequate staffing and budget. This work situation results in missed social engagements, cancelled commitments with family and friends, sleepless nights, relationship issues and even stress-related illnesses. "Smart employers understand that an overstressed and unhappy workforce means less productivity," says Sergio Galindo, general manager of GFI Software, "and the higher levels of illness, mistakes and staff turnover [that are] directly related to stress can [hurt] the bottom line. Investing in worker happiness and in systems to simplify the job of the IT department is often far cheaper than replacing over-stressed or unhappy staff." More than 200 IT admins took part in the research, which was conducted by Opinion Matters.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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