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IT Pros Stressed Out, Looking To Jump Ship
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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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5/14/2014 | 9:43:59 AM
Re: Discouraging results
You could be right, Drew. I could just be extra grumpy. Wouldn't be the first time -- just ask my kids :)
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/13/2014 | 2:59:08 PM
Re: Discouraging results
I guess I was just looking for a silver lining where none exists. Oh well.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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5/13/2014 | 1:20:40 PM
Re: Discouraging results
I don't know, Drew. The details of the survey don't really highlight anything positive, and it looks like more people are dissatisfied since the last time they ran the survey. IT pros seems to be just looking to get out of jobs that cause them a great deal of grief, which is too bad.
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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5/13/2014 | 12:09:15 AM
Postive Motivator
Susan, I agree stress (of faiture) can be a positive motivator. It takes at least two people (the IT pro and his manager or boss) to turn things around in a positive way.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/12/2014 | 1:24:48 PM
Re: Discouraging results
That does seem like it would be a positive change Drew. If a similar survey had been conducted a few years ago, likely more would be willing to stick it out. Overall, though, it seems there are conflicting reports about job opportunities in the IT industry.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/12/2014 | 12:40:10 PM
Re: Discouraging results
Good point SiliconMoon. Our contributor did ask the company that conducted the survey about exactly that, and the researcher told him they don't survey job stress in other occupations so they can't do a comparison with the larger workforce.

I agree that stress is pretty widespread in most industries.
SiliconMoon
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SiliconMoon,
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5/12/2014 | 12:19:31 PM
Re: Discouraging results
Good points all. I'd like to see a comparison of IT admin stress to people in other professions to give it some context. I would think stress is inherent in any line of work. As I like to say, "That's why they call it work!"
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/12/2014 | 12:08:29 PM
Re: Discouraging results
On a slightly positive note, is it possible that the fact more people are considering leaving their job indicates a more healthy economy? That is, there may be more opportunities out there than in the past few years? Seems like a positive change.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/12/2014 | 11:18:09 AM
Re: Discouraging results
And Eric Hanselman makes an interesting point about what those polled expect to get from jumping ship. With only exceptional companies proactively dealing with staff stress, the situation isn't likely to get better in another job.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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5/12/2014 | 9:44:55 AM
Discouraging results
Wow, the results of this survey are pretty horrible -- almost 80% of IT pros are considering leaving their jobs because of stress? That seems excessive to me. I feel like in some cases stress can be a positive motivator, but looking further at this survey, the respondents appear to be truly staff-level employees, so they may feel less control, and like there is no end to the day-to-day grunt work. Are you experiencing these types of environments?


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