If you work in IT, it pays to be single, according to a new study which says IT managers are stressed, overworked and worried about proving their value to the board.
IT managers receive good pay and enjoyable work, but more often than not it's a pay-off for significant pressure, long hours and disruption to home life, says a survey of 600 IT managers across Europe conducted by IT services company Synstar.
But despite their efforts IT executives still feel left out by the board. One in five say that IT is neither understood nor valued at board level, and a third believe the IT department is still seen as peripheral to the business.
And despite concerns about their workload, staffing issues and IT problems, many IT managers are too scared to ask the board for help, partly because of fears that the IT department will be outsourced. A third admit they can't prove business benefit from their existing IT strategy.
Mo Stone, head of management development at Synstar, said a big part of the problem hinged on IT's inability to communicate in business terms with the rest of the business.
"IT is neglected when it comes to developing business skills and it means that the board still doesn't understand the value of IT."
Almost three-quarters say the pressures of their job have had a negative effect on their personal happiness and health, causing large numbers to miss special family events and even important medical appointments.
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