This month I wanted to share a surprising post from CNBC on the 10 most hated jobs (assuming in America):
I actually find this almost funny ... why? The number one most hated job is ... Director of Information Technology … and well, that is pretty much my job! I believe my technical title is along the lines of Director of Application Development and Integration and while I'm more heavily involved in software development than a traditional IT Director, I really share those same responsibilities in addition to building software. According to the article:
“…IT directors reported the highest level of dissatisfaction with their jobs, far surpassing that of any waitress, janitor or bellhop.”
Lucky me! In all seriousness though, I don’t hate my job. But it is stressful at times and requires real leadership and managerial skills. And this is often lacking in IT organizations. I think this article further backs up the need for this blog and education around management in information technology teams. I believe that most of the problems experienced by these leaders of IT are fundamentally management problems.
The quote this article chose to sum up the antipathy, “Nepotism, cronyism, disrespect for workers”, seems to be from a particularly disenfranchised Director that is very bitter about his or her situation. This is a situation where the Director felt as though rewards were not distributed based on merit and they were not enabled or capable to institute effective change. Clearly at the root of it, this is a management problem. We’ve already begun to talk about some of these issues and in future postings I will get into further detail on how to prevent this from happening in your organization.