The IT industry and IT service management (ITSM) community appear to be caring more and more about people these days. For instance, there’s the continued growth in interest and adoption of employee experience measurement. Plus, “people” was the joint-second most-voted-for topic in the ITSM.tools 2019 content poll.
Hopefully, we all know the importance of our people to ITSM and to IT support in particular. And if you’ve checked out the 2019 Future of ITSM survey results, you’ll have seen the insight into the issues we have related to the workplace wellbeing of our people. Thus, as we considered the topic for our latest ITSM.tools survey, we realized that it needed to be focused on wellbeing in ITSM.
So, please take the time to vote in this quick, anonymous five-question survey. It deliberate reuses three questions from the Future of ITSM survey so that we can gauge if there’s been any movement on our collective wellbeing – either positive or negative – in the last six months. If you want to know the previous survey results related to wellbeing, they’re included at the end of this article – along with links to our wellbeing-related articles – so as not to unduly influence your voting.
The wellbeing survey – please take the time to vote
In terms of your responses, feel free to interpret wellbeing as either mental or physical – including anxiety and depression or physical health issues. I like this quote from the Mental health Foundation:
“A clear distinction is often made between 'mind' and 'body.' But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of as separate.
Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions.”
Hopefully, the embedded button has appeared below. If not, it might be an ad blocker thing or something similar. But please don’t let this prevent you from voting – this link will take you to the survey on the SurveyMonkey website: take the survey.
Now that you’ve voted, here’s what I promised above:
- The wellbeing articles we’ve already published, and
- The results from the wellbeing-related question in the 2019 Future of ITSM survey.
ITSM.tools wellbeing-related articles
Thank you (hopefully) for taking the time to participate in our wellbeing survey. If you want to read more about wellbeing and mental health issues, then please take a look at:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing in IT – a Personal Account
- Wellbeing Issues – When You’ve the Inability to Feel Pleasure
- Mental Health Issues Often Need Actions Over Word
- How to Improve Your IT Support Team’s Wellbeing and Mental Health
- Changing ITSM – Let’s Talk Customers, AI, and Mental Health
The Future of ITSM 2019 survey wellbeing-related results
The survey was based on 339 responses and it found that:
- 84% of respondents think that working in IT will get harder over the next three years.
- Only one-quarter of respondents feel that their efforts and value are sufficiently recognized by management versus 72% of respondents who feel “undervalued” to some extent.
- Just over half of respondents feel that working in IT is adversely affecting their personal wellbeing – with 75% of these reporting that their efforts are not being recognized.
Sadly, it doesn’t paint a great picture of working in IT and the effect it has on our people.
Please look out for our wellbeing report
Once we’re happy that we have sufficient survey responses, the results will be made available in an ITSM.tools article and perhaps even a report. So, thank you for voting.
If you’d like to speak with someone about how you’re feeling, or about a friend, family member, or colleague, then please contact (charitable) mental-illness organizations such as SANE (in the UK) or similar that are available where you live.