A new survey by app maker TINYpulse suggests many tech workers aren’t happy with their jobs – despite being well-compensated monetarily.
According to a poll of 5,000 developers, IT specialists, engineers and others, technical workers are less happy than other types of workers in each category. For example, only 36% of tech workers say they see opportunity for professional growth, compared to 50% of other workers, such as plumbers, teachers and architects.
Tech workers gave a similar response for questions regarding their relationships with co-workers, feeling recognized for their contributions, and being happy in general at work. For each question, they reported their overall satisfaction as lower than that of other types of workers.
This survey comes on the heels of The New York Times report of a dismal workplace environment at Amazon.
But this shouldn’t be the case. Technical skills are some of the most highly sought after today, and technical workers are paid six figure salaries because of it. Perhaps the findings point to a disconnect between these workers, and the companies that employee them. If the findings are true, companies must evaluate the situation and figuring out how to best improve it through constant back-and-forth communication with their employees. These workers are helping to create the future, and it’s in everyone’s interests that their voices be heard about how to make their work environments happy, healthy, and conducive to their best performance.
As for tech workers finding happiness on the job – it’s important to find the right company culture fit, when searching for a new technical job opportunity, whether it’s a permanent or project-based tech job. Do your research and take your time getting to know the company, before accepting an offer. Take advantage of technical recruiting firms like TRC Professional Solutions who can do much of your legwork for you. Your skill set is crucial to the workforce today, and you deserve to be happy at work.