Warning: Most IT employees are stressed out and overworked

IT workers may be satisfied with their careers, but they are also stressed. To avoid burnout, managers should take some steps to help ease the pressure. 

IT professionals are under a lot of pressure and struggle to maintain a work-life balance, according to a survey from TEKsystems.

The biggest factor stressing out IT employees: time commitment. The survey found that 41% of IT employees are expected to be available 24/7. That was more than any other answer when respondents were asked about their availability requirements.

And it looks like few will get much rest this summer. More than 80% of the respondents claimed that their organizations make no effort to make IT staff or workload adjustments during the summer vacation periods.

Stress levels rise as employees move up the ladder and take on more responsibilities. Senior level employees surveyed claim they are expected to be available 24/7 while on vacation. Meanwhile, 71% of the entry- and mid-level employees say that they do not have to be available at all. That means the top level employees with the most talent are the most at risk. If they are too overworked it could jeopardize their relationship with the company and hinder their work experience.

In addition, keeping up with technology is an added stress factor for IT employees. Dealing with daily tasks and trying to constantly be in the know about advancing technologies puts a lot of pressure on these employees.

How should it be fixed?

It is pertinent for companies to keep IT professionals motivated and engaged in their work. The stressors that put pressure on employees can hurt productivity in the long run. The good news is that even with these stressors, TEKsystems found that more than 80% of those surveyed said that they would still choose IT as their career. However, if managers aren’t careful, that stress could push some employees right out the door.

To get the extra boost IT employees sometimes need, the key for managers is integrating some of these tips into the workplace:

  • Prioritize and organize daily tasks in a schedule
  • Keep up good communication — clarify goals, objectives and expectations
  • Flip negative thinking by acting as a positive role model, and
  • Give employees positive reinforcement.

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