IT Employee Burnout Rate Reaches Critical Mass

March 19, 2003 ( - A majority of IT managers (71%) say employee burnout is currently a serious issue in their organizations.

Employers recognize the potential impact of burnout and are taking steps to assess the degree of employee dissatisfaction, with 84% indicating they do employee surveys, another 18% using the performance review process to obtain employee feedback, and 15% using suggestion boxes to keep the lines of communication with employees open, according to the 2003 IT Staffing and Compensation Guide, released by META Group, Inc.

Additionally, 55% of those surveyed have begun implementing skill development programs as a means to boost employee morale, while 24% have created better overall retention programs.

However, monetary rewards still register as a viable backup plan as:

  • 11% of surveyed companies raised salaries
  • 11% are hiring more staff
  • 8% offer cash incentives to prevent employee burnout

Surprisingly, a few IT organizations with remote locations relied on a change of scenery to attract more talent and retain good people, while 5% moved the company to a new location altogether in an effort to lure skilled workers and reduce employee malaise.

For more information about the 2003 IT Staffing and Compensation Guide, visit .