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IT managers frustrated by 'limited opportunities'

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 has revealed.

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

The research found 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. Some 23% blame their inability to progress within a company on the prevalence of "old boys" networks, and 37% blame flat organisational structures.

As a result, the institute said, it is not surprising that 33% of organisations admit to losing staff because they offer limited career and promotion opportunities.

The figures show that nearly 50% 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 about 20% say they want to demonstrate the impact of IT by challenging existing business models.

 

IT staff slam lack of recognition

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