IT workers top ‘stressed out’ list

Are you driving your IT staff crazy? According to a recent survey, there’s a good chance you are.

A third of all IT workers claim that they are unable to work properly thanks to interfering managers. In fact IT professionals topped the list of most stressed individuals at work today, beating even those working in health care, according to a survey of 3,000 professionals, conducted on behalf of online learning provider SkillSoft.

Employees claimed to feel put-upon and suffered most at the hands of their managers – blamed for lack of support, increasing pressure, interruptions and bullying behavior, the survey indicated. Results also showed that while 37 percent of staff found it difficult to meet deadlines, 31 percent stressed about taking on other people’s work.

Not surprisingly, a disgruntled 28 percent said they lacked job satisfaction, and preferred to work elsewhere. A third of people said they would rather be their own boss, and have complete control over their daily duties.

Kevin Young, managing director of SkillSoft, says: “Our research was sparked by a recent Gartner report which claims that the untrained or under-trained desktop user will cost an organization five times more to support than a well-trained worker. This led us to thinking about how much pressure this must also put on the IT professionals who have to provide such support.”

The poll also revealed that 97 percent of people working in IT claim to find their life at work stressful on a daily basis, and a quarter of IT experts are under such enormous pressure to perform at work they have taken time off suffering with stress.

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