Most IT directors suffer from work-related stress - and the situation is set to get worse.
According to a recent report, 77% of IT directors in the UK suffered increased levels of stress last year, and most expect a repetition this year.
The report, by European IT services group CMG, said the primary cause of work-related stress was the need to deliver new projects to tighter deadlines, closely followed by the difficulties of finding and retaining good staff. Surprisingly, Year 2000 compliance and preparations for EMU did not feature at the top of the list.
Of the 900 IT directors surveyed, 67% felt they were not given sufficient time to create and implement effective IT strategies. The same number also felt their company's board of directors did not fully understand the complexity of IT and 80% believed unrealistic demands were being placed upon the IT division. This is in spite of recent suggestions that senior management now has a better understanding of IT.
Although 61% of respondents had outsourced part of their IT operations, 64% felt the activity had actually put them under increased pressure.
Almost 80% believed suppliers do not fully understand the demands of their business.
Despite the problems, only 15% wished they had chosen a different career.
More than half were satisfied with their salaries, and 38% hoped to be in their present job at least three years from now.
Ian Taylor, CMG's UK chairman, commented: "The key problem facing IT directors would appear to be lack of understanding about the complexities within corporate management. Sadly, this lack of understanding extends to external IT suppliers.
"Given that there have been many cases of failed outsourcing agreements recently, the message is clear: IT services companies must establish strategic relationships with their customer's IT and business directors."
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