IT workers frustrated by lack of business recognition


IT workers frustrated by lack of business recognition

Bill Goodwin

IT managers feel their careers are stalling because their employers are failing to recognise the impact they have on the business, research from the Chartered Management Institute reveals.

The Institute has concluded, based on data collected over the past two years, that IT managers are highly motivated but are frustrated by limited opportunities to develop their careers.

The Institute’s research shows that one in five managers are driven by the prospect of winning recognition from their employer, 11% by raising their status among colleagues, and 9% by competing with their peers.

But many managers feel their careers are stagnating because their efforts are not being recognised, with 23% blaming the prevalence of “old boy” networks and 37% pinning the blame on flat organisational structures for their inability to progress.

The Institute claims it is therefore not surprising that a third of organisations admit to losing staff because they offer limited career and promotion opportunities.

The figures show that nearly half of IT managers are seeking personal growth and development opportunities from work.

Some 53% of IT managers are driven by determination to achieve goals, and 31% by the desire to help others grow. And around 20% say they wanted to demonstrate the impact of IT by challenging existing business models.

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