According to the upcoming 2003 IT Staffing and Compensation Guide, an annual study released by META Group, Inc., among the many areas of high concern to IT organizations this year, few are as evident as employee morale. In fact, among those IT managers surveyed, more than 71 percent indicate that IT employee burnout is currently a serious issue in their organizations an issue that could spell longer-range turnover, lower productivity and less overall shareholder value to the organization as a whole if not addressed.
"Working through this prolonged recession, which has seen budget cuts across the enterprise, numerous staff cutbacks and general sector uncertainty, has definitely taken its toll on IT employee morale. Unfortunately, it is those same budget cuts that are impeding managers from combating the problem by way of making concrete improvements," says Maria Schafer, program director of META Group's IT Human Capital Management Strategies and author of the annual IT Staffing and Compensation Guide. "Until budgets loosen, managers will be implementing internal career-advancement incentives in the form of skill development and retention programs. Proactively addressing these issues is essential to avoid a loss of productivity over the longer term."
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