25% of tech professionals are ready to leave their jobs, according to a survey.

25% of tech professionals are ready to leave their jobs, according to a survey.

The Great Resignation: IT Professionals Considering Quitting Jobs Due to Stress and Isolation

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The “Great Resignation” and “quiet quitting” trends have been prevalent recently, reflecting people’s frustrations with their current work situations. However, this fever has yet to break among technology professionals, with new research revealing that a quarter of IT professionals are considering quitting their jobs in the next six months. The reasons behind this exodus are heavy workloads, stress, and the sense of isolation associated with remote work.

According to Ivanti’s report, which is based on a survey of 8,400 executives, professionals, and office workers, this exodus of IT workers may potentially cost US employers more than $145 billion. IT professionals are also 1.4 times more likely to “quiet quit” compared to other knowledge workers. Furthermore, the report highlights the impact on mental health, with 31% of IT professionals considering quitting their jobs reporting a decline in their mental well-being.

The authors of the report estimate that there has been a 73% increase in IT workloads due to hybrid or remote working, leading to burnout in at least one in four professionals. Additionally, IT professionals are 2.5 times more likely to work longer hours when working remotely. The loss of connection to colleagues is also a significant concern for IT workers, with 23% citing this as an issue compared to only 17% of office workers.

Despite these challenges, the majority of IT professionals, around 84%, express their desire to continue working remotely at least some of the time.

A Positive Work Environment for Stressed-out IT Professionals

To create a more positive work environment for technology workers and professionals, the report’s authors point to a “lack of resources, tools, and support” rather than remote work itself, which many find beneficial. This sentiment aligns with the experiences and advice of industry leaders who share their concerns and guidance on working in the field of information technology.

Keep Learning

Andrew Duncan, CEO and managing partner at Infosys Consulting, emphasizes the importance of continuous learning. He suggests that professionals should seek new experiences, skills development, and project opportunities. Finding a mentor can be instrumental in opening new doors within a company, particularly for younger professionals. Duncan also advocates for self-promotion, showcasing successes and achievements to demonstrate the value created in projects.

Be a Team Player

Zaven Nahapetyan, co-founder of Niche.club and a former engineering manager at Facebook, highlights the significance of being a team player. As professionals progress in their careers, Nahapetyan urges them to broaden their perspective beyond immediate coworkers to encompass the entire organization. Understanding the objectives and results that drive success for the team and the company is crucial. Rather than viewing their job as a list of responsibilities, professionals should consider it an investment by the company to achieve specific goals. Supporting those goals becomes a priority.

Focus on the Big Picture

Ben Smith, CTO of NetWitness, advises technology professionals to think beyond their current roles and consider the challenges of the industry as a whole. Seeking educational opportunities and expanding skills is essential for professional growth. Managers play a vital role in understanding the goals of each employee, including those that extend beyond the professional realm. Customized management approaches lead to better retention rates. Whether in cybersecurity or any other industry, manager success hinges on recognizing individual strengths and objectives.

Shift Thinking from Technology to Business Concerns

Jeff Williams, VP of enterprise and HRO service for Paychex, stresses the importance of shifting thinking from heads-down technical expertise to heads-up business concerns. Professionals who can articulate how IT activities can offset costs rather than just outlining project expenses are more likely to be hired or retained. Williams encourages technology professionals to communicate clearly in the language of business leaders and investors, positioning themselves as valued business drivers. A solid understanding of the firm, including the income statement, balance sheet, competition, and operating environment, is crucial for career advancement.

By following these recommendations from industry leaders, stressed-out technology professionals can pave the way for a more positive work environment. Learning opportunities, teamwork, a broader perspective, and business acumen are the keys to success in the ever-evolving field of information technology.