November 19, 2009 – A new CareerBuilder survey of IT employers reveals that more than a quarter (29 percent) rate their organization's current employee morale as low.

Additionally, more than one-third (36 percent) of IT workers report that they have had difficulty staying motivated at working the last year and one in five do not feel loyal to their current employer. The survey was conducted between August 20 and September 9, 2009.

IT workers revealed a variety of factors that may be contributing to low morale levels. Thirty-one percent said that their stress level at work is high and six in ten (60 percent), the highest among industries surveyed, said that their workload has increased in the last six months. More than one in ten (14 percent) are dissatisfied with their work/life balance.

"Low morale levels are an unfortunate side effect of this recession," said Eric Presley, CTO for CareerBuilder in the announcement. "As a result, employers are taking measures to help address negative workplace sentiment and motivate their employees.” Some ways to manage morale, Presley suggests, include stepping up communication, offering more employee recognition programs or providing more flexible work opportunities.

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 2,924 hiring managers and human resource professionals and among 4,285 U.S. workers.

Read more about the global state of IT services in our recent coverage.

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