IT Workers Report Being Overworked and Stressed

December 8, 2005 ( - New research from ISR shows IT workers are discontent, citing job stress, large workloads, and job security concerns as reasons.

In a news release, ISR said that 51% of US IT workers cited job stress as a problem, 10% more than the overall US workforce. Fifty-three percent said their workloads are excessive, compared to 39% of the overall workforce.

The research also indicated that only 57% of IT workers said they are sure they will continue to have a job as long as they perform well. Sixty-eight percent of the overall workforce said the same, according to the release.

In addition, ISR data shows that the number of IT workers that would seriously consider leaving their company increased from 16% in 2004 to 25% in 2005.

ISR cites the perception that IT jobs are at risk for outsourcing as being responsible for the decline in IT workers’ belief that their employers reward innovation. That number has declined from 64% in 2001 to 46% in 2005.

ISR used its US Information Technology Norm, a database of survey responses collected from people who work inside companies in the IT function and comprised of 57 different companies and more than 17,000 employees of those firms, and its US National Norm, a database of survey responses collected from more than 445,000 employees at 109 US companies, for its report. Its Web site is .