|January 8, 2001|
Quality Of Life Concerns Intensify In 2001
he calendar has changed, but will 2001 be any easier for IT professionals? Consider the workplace and how much time you spend there. Is another 12 months of long days and lost weekends acceptable to your IT team? According to InformationWeek Research's Outlook For 2001 Study of 300 IT executives, apparently not.
IT managers are bracing themselves for an increase in quality-of-life concerns among IT workers. Executives at midsize companies expect to be hit the hardest. Almost 60% of IT managers at businesses with annual revenue of $100 million to $1 billion anticipate that working fewer hours will become a growing issue for those in their IT department. That same sentiment is expected to confront 41% of executives at small companies and 39% at large ones.
Increased collaboration with third-party service providers is the bromide most often sought to alleviate staff workload. Nine in 10 IT executives at large and small companies polled by InformationWeek Research and eight in 10 at midsize businesses say they will delegate assignments to outsourcing companies or perfect workflow with the help of IT consultants in 2001.
But such arrangements might not be a sure-fire way to shorten days at the office. New strategies such as E-marketplace deployment are set to explode in the next 12 months, and reluctance to settle on a definitive E-business model will produce an eclectic variety of IT initiatives at most companies. Under such circumstances, shorting workdays for full-time IT workers won't only be a challenge, it will be extremely difficult.
How does your company plan to balance the needs of its IT workers with its own IT priorities in the next 12 months? Let us know at the address below.
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