- Nearly 3 in 5 IT decision makers are actively looking for a new job, according to ManageEngine’s 2022 IT at Work survey released Monday.
- Workplace alienation is driving the shift toward the job market, according to the report. More than 4 in 10 of the 500 IT decision-makers surveyed said they are not consulted adequately or at all in the shift to a flexible work model.
- More than 4 in 5 respondents said their organization should have supported them more over the past two years, according to the report.
Companies have devoted time and resources to improving workplace culture, providing upskilling programs and increasing salaries in efforts to appeal to potential employees.
Yet data suggests tech leaders and their needs have taken a back seat.
Vijay Sundaram, chief strategy officer at ManageEngine, said the democratization of IT and a misalignment in the IT model of most organizations is to blame.
“Businesses need faster responses to the market, which means rapid deployments of much smaller systems that aren’t necessarily enterprisewide,” Sundaram said in an email. “However, if the IT department continues to work in the traditional way, the business departments are going to do the work themselves. They’re not going to take a number and wait for the IT department.”
While collaboration has increased between IT and other business departments, such as finance, just one-third said that IT is part of the final approval, according to the report.
As IT and other business departments become more intertwined, it's important that IT understands business processes and what technology would enhance them. But it’s not all up to tech leaders.
“I think we’ll be seeing more CIO appointments and departures,” Sundaram said. “That said, the trend may be mitigated by the economy but overall, CIOs have a lot of options. If you’re at a company where the CIO isn’t respected or leaned on for their expertise, they will move to a company where they do have that.”