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IT Administrators Reeling From Stress Overload

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-13-2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    77% of IT admins say their jobs are stressful, up from 65% last year.
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    Enough Is Enough

    79% of IT admins are seriously considering leaving their current role due to job-related stress, up from 57% who felt this way last year.
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    Boss Burden

    36% say their managers are the biggest cause of their workplace stress, while 34% say it's a lack of budget and staff to get the job done.
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    Off the Clock

    23% say they put in between eight and 12 hours of unpaid overtime every week.
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    The Fallout: Social Disengagement

    38% have missed social functions because of work.
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    The Fallout: Missing Family Time

    35% say they miss time with their families due to the demands of their job.
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    The Fallout: Restless Situation

    One-third regularly lose sleep over work pressures.
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    The Fallout: Unhealthy Diagnosis

    One-quarter say they've suffered from a stress-related illness, and 17% say they're in poor physical condition because of their jobs.
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    The Fallout: Romantic Blues

    24% have had a relationship severely damaged—or fail—due to work demands.
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    The Fallout: Dubious Distinction

    30% feel they are the most stressed-out person in their social group or family.
 

If your IT administrators seem on edge these days, you really can't blame them. Their stress levels are significantly higher than this time last year, according to a recent survey from GFI Software. As a result, a surprisingly large majority is seriously considering leaving their company, and far too many say they're suffered consequences such as poor health, missed family time and lost sleep. "IT is renowned for being one of the most stressful white-collar jobs to undertake," says Sergio Galindo, general manager of the infrastructure business unit at GFI Software. "Now, [it's] more so given the critical role IT plays in everything from e-commerce to facilities management." So what steps could a company take to help? GFI Software suggests providing realistic IT budgets and adequate staffing levels. And IT admins could always use additional investments in automated tech solutions for tasks such as software updates and the oversight of now-sprawling Wi-Fi networks and mobility devices. An estimated 200 U.S. IT administrators participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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