User Behaviors That Stress Out Tech Pros
The vast majority of IT administrators are so stressed that they are facing personal consequences with respect to health issues and other woes, according to a recent survey from GFI Software. And clueless and sometimes outrageous behavior on the part of users is contributing to the problem. On the bright side, the number of IT admins who are considering leaving their job due to workplace stress has declined to 57 percent, compared to 67 percent last year. Still, that's a lot of talented tech workers who are on the fence about whether to stick around. As for leading stress contributors outside of user-caused issues, survey participants cite a lack of staffing (24 percent) and tight deadlines (20 percent). "The increasing importance of IT in the workplace and the 24/7 availability paradigm obviously create a stressful atmosphere for many IT administrators," says Phil Bousfield, general manager of IT operations at GFI Software. "Companies are more reliant than ever on IT for innovation, uptime and speed of deployment. Thus, IT staff members are under extreme pressure to deliver for the benefit of the whole business." More than 200 U.S. IT administrators took part in the research.