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IT Job Stress Is Down, Pride Is Up: Study
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yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/23/2015 | 1:58:18 PM
Re: Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
@Stratustician: I agree to you. Some people go at night, some people don't. I've seen many managers going to their workplace late at night just because a client came up with a solution to their problems in the other half of the world and called for a business meeting. IT work is physically strenuous, but I think being a manager is tougher because mentally you would always have to be prepared to face troughs and crests in your work. 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/22/2015 | 2:40:41 PM
Re: Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
@sachinEE: He probably went many times, and he lied to you. 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/22/2015 | 2:33:04 PM
Re: Bit of both
@Whoopty: most IT guys cannot harmonize with their surroundings, I am glad to see you are not in that crowd. IT guys need to love their work, although I know IT is not just help and support and some occassional bug fixing and coding, it is much more, and this "much more" creates so much stress in people.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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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.
David Wagner
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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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Whoopty,
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5/21/2015 | 7:33:17 AM
Bit of both
Stress and pride tend to go hand in hand with my job. The more I have to take on, the more stressed I am, but the more proud I am at the end of the day for having managed it. There may be a tipping point where it becomes too much, but so far the correlation has held pretty strong throughout my career. 
Stratustician
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5/20/2015 | 3:50:12 PM
Re: Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
I agree, not every IT job has those odd hours, but think of security folks.  I know many who get those late night calls because someone in a different timezone is trying to hack into their servers or get past their perimeter security devices.  What about other emergency break/fix situations?  If someone in IT operations is responsible for making sure services and applications are always available, there's a huge risk of "what if I am away on vacation and someting happens?" so they often don't take vacations, which leads to burnout.
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5/20/2015 | 3:09:44 PM
Re: Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
@stratustician: I had a senior once, who told me that only those people are called at the middle of the night who don't do their work earnestly and properly during the day. And during my work there, 3 years, he was called only once in the middle of the night. His speciality was tying up loose ends to code and trying every logic breaking input possible. 
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SachinEE,
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5/20/2015 | 3:06:24 PM
Stressful
IT jobs are excruciating. Day in day out you have to stay there and be happy about it because they are dumping on you a load of amenities and cash. I've learned something from working in IT, if you are having your lunch break, get out of the building and eat outside. You will be called to run some errand if you are inside the building.
Stratustician
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5/20/2015 | 2:55:23 PM
Work Life Balance, the Anti-Stress tactic
I think a lot of folks forget that often due to the nature of IT, especially on the operations side, it's hard to take time off since they need to be available incase a server or application needs support, and so that normal workplace stress compounds all that much faster.  Security teams often have to respond to incidents late at night or early morning, so sadly, while the nature of the role won't change, there is some potential to keep workers happy by offering better work/life balance.  I also find often that as employees get older, start families, they often rethink more senior roles in order to keep that balance, as they don't want to forfeit the flexibility of working regular hours, or even remote at times.

As more millenials come into the workplace, more flexible job types emerge, especially with teams and even contract roles, we will see more emphasis on "work hard" but an even more increased pushback on making sure that IT folks are not only engaged in projects that bring them fulfillment in order to offset workplace stress, but also more flexible work models.


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