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IT Job Stress Is Down, Pride Is Up: Study

A survey shows IT professionals are feeling pretty good about their jobs and their prospects in a sector that has a 2.5% unemployment rate.
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We've got some good news for a change. If you are reading this, you are probably less stressed than last year, according to a survey from TEKsystems, an IT staffing firm.

TEKsystems' annual IT Stress and Pride survey polled 1,000 IT workers at all levels. The results indicate you're much happier than you were a year ago about your decision to work in IT. For the most part, the things causing you stress are changing for the better.

The best news might be the reason for the change: One of the things TEKsystems is seeing is that employers are starting to let workers unplug when they are on vacation or otherwise off duty.

"What we've been looking at in the IT landscape in general is that one of the biggest issues [for companies] is retaining the IT talent they have on staff," said Jason Hayman, research manager at TEKsystems, in an interview, "A lot of [the change from employers] has to do with IT being in such huge demand. The supply of talent is low. The IT unemployment rate is around 2.5% right now. It has actually dipped down. In 2014, it was 3.5%."

According to Hayman, companies are starting to say, "'How do I keep my top talent happy? What is some low hanging fruit? What are things I can do?' Changing your culture is one thing you can do."

Improving work-life balance will certainly make people feel better. Hayman also said that the high demand for IT pros is making them feel less trapped in their jobs than they would be in a dimmer jobs market. Hayman said he sees a "certain feeling of invincibility" from IT pros. "They think, 'If I'm not happy where I am, I won't have trouble finding something somewhere else. If I get stuck or fired in this job, I won't have trouble finding a new one.'"

According to the survey, that all adds up to happier IT pros. Check out the details of the survey, and let us know whether the results align with what you're experiencing. Are you less stressed than you were last year? If not, what's stressing you out? What have been the most important changes to your work environment in the past year? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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5/21/2015 | 11:23:59 AM
Re: Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
@sachinEE- Wow, seems like a bad strategy to call the "bad" workers in the midle of the night. Middle of the night problems seem to require your best folks on the case. But I get the sense of punishment involved, especially if the problem is their fault.
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5/21/2015 | 11:21:17 AM
Re: Bit of both
@Whoopty- I get that pride comes from a job well done, but I don't feel like stress is always required to do it. I think my happiest days and the ones I'm most proud of are the days I accomplish a lot without the stress associated with a bad day. I did it for me. I did it for the job. Not for a deadline. But you're right that without some stress it just doesn't feel important.
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