Rising workloads that overwhelm a stagnant staff is the number-one reason for stress among IT professional, according to a recent study by RHI Consulting. The survey, which was conducted by eliciting information from over 1,400 CIOs across the country, found that increased workload coupled with office politics is creating a stressful environment for the IT worker.
The high workload comes from a general trend to free companies from cumbersome legacy systems of information storage and convert those corporations into lean and mean digital machines. But that requires skilled workers who are willing to put in the time.
Additionally, the close interaction between worker and management together with a general trend toward a casual, Internet environment find office politics at an all time high. Almost one in four CIOs named office politics as the leading source of stress at their firms.
The tight job market with its demand for IT professionals dictates that companies must do all they can to keep their workers in as stress-free an environment as possible. RHI Consulting suggests promoting outside activities, watching for signs of burnout, and general team building as ways to avoid becoming part of this trend.