IT mangers are plagued with a sense of regret at work with many believing they have failed to reach their true potential, a survey by the Chartered Management Institute reveals.
More that a third of the 141 IT managers surveyed regularly look backed over their careers, wishing that they had developed new skills. One in five believe they could have progressed more quickly by “taking more risks” and two thirds think they should have “asked more questions of their peers and their colleagues”.
The majority of IT managers cite bureaucracy as the main stumbling block to success at work, and 22% say they are held back by lack of resources. Junior and mid-level managers are more likely to blame stress, than senior managers. And female managers are more likely to identify lack of internal support.
Despite the setbacks, 58% of IT managers claim to be energetic at work. Over half want to take on new projects and a similar proportion say “they go the extra mile” to achieve success. However, more women than men say they constantly try to beat targets or deadlines.
The survey also identifies the factors that have most helped IT managers develop their careers. Networking, developing experience within one organisation, and cross functional working came top of the list. A smaller proportion of managers also identified professional qualifications and mentoring as important.
Many IT managers admit they are not keeping up to date with current market trends. Just over half agree they are well informed about budgetary or financial management issues, and only 39% agree or agree strongly that they are aware of competitor information.