EDIT: Later in the day after posting this, I edited the title to show more objectivity. This video doesn’t dive deeply into the numbers and methods involved in the study that rendered the conclusions the video’s presenter spoke of. END EDIT
A simple Corporate Executive Board video knocked me back in surprise. In just under 3 minutes, Jaime M. Capellá explodes two of the traditionally held views of IT workers:
- That we’re hard workers who put in long hours to get the job done
- That we’re honest and moral. Okay, maybe this one wasn’t as strongly held as the first one.
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I was most shocked at the allegation that IT workers are no longer standing out for being hard workers and putting in long hours. Is this because other departments are now being pushed to and beyond the frenetic pace that we are? Or are we finally getting fed up with the near abusive workloads that we sometimes have to put up with and pushing back?
As for the morallity of IT workers, it’s long been joked that we sysadmins peruse HR documents and read people’s email.
And in fact, it seems to me that it’s not too hard to come across someone in the field who does just that. However, by and large I liked to think that IT people had a sense of duty (even if it was born from an unhealthy “hero complex”) which tended to instill stoic integrity in us. If that was ever true, apparently it’s not now. Why is that? No correlations were suggested in the video.
I do like the way these problems are supposedly being dealt with. Two-way communication, leaders owning up and walking the talk and also investing in employee development. For too long I’ve heard of stone-wall bosses, two-faced managers and zero budgeted dollars for IT training.
What do you think? Have you experienced this shift? Are you working less hours because you’re fed up or are your bosses relenting? Have you experienced dishonest coworkers more frequently than you did a few years ago? Have you done something a little shady? Anonymous comments are available and I won’t give out your IP information… unless the SWAT team kicks my door down.