IT Careers Are Stressful but Satisfying

By Dennis McCafferty
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    31% of IT professionals surveyed said the work they're currently doing is the most stressful of their career.

TEKsystems' "IT Stress & Pride Survey" presents a classic good news/bad news picture when it comes to technology professionals and stress. First the bad news: A significant number of IT workers surveyed said their current stress level is higher than ever. The good news: These professionals take great pride in their work, and—even if they could start all over again—they'd still opt for a career in technology. "While the majority of IT professionals are proud they chose a career in IT, [there is] the potential of a trend toward dissatisfaction or disengagement that organizations need to monitor," says Jason Hayman, market research manager for TEKsystems. "The shift so far is slight. But if it continues, and organizations do not prepare for and adjust their talent management and workforce strategies accordingly, they could face even greater turnover—possibly causing even more stress and increased workloads for those employees that stick around." TEKsystems provides IT staffing solutions, talent management expertise and services. Nearly 225 technology professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-12
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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