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5 things to know about today’s IT retention killer

Sarah K. White | July 4, 2017
It’s a seller’s market in IT, meaning it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your IT workers’ stress levels and work-life balance, before they burn out — or seek work elsewhere.

Although more than half of IT workers say they keep up on work-related communication on vacation, the majority (85%) said they weren’t expected to be accessible while on vacation. And, of the 54 percent who keep tabs on work while out of the office, 40 percent say it “causes friction with their family or friends,” leading 25 percent to admit they “hide their work activities on vacation.”

“When it comes to their vacation time, they’re reporting that it’s possible to disconnect completely. Looking at those who choose to stay connected, it appears it doesn’t aid in keeping stress down,” says Hayman.

It is often the responsibility of upper management to set the precedent for the rest of the department, so if you’re not logging off on vacation, your employees might feel they need to do the same. As with any workplace culture, executives need to lead by example to cultivate a low-stress work environment throughout the organization.


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