Tech Pros’ Biggest Pain Points: Balance, Housing

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Although tech pros have enjoyed a strong economy and low unemployment over the past twelve months (the tech industry’s unemployment rate hit a 19-year low in May, in fact), many of them are nonetheless unhappy. Some have issues with work-life balance, or their commute, or the cost of living in their city. What are the biggest pain points? Click through the following slides (accessible via the numbers below) to find out.

5 Responses to “Tech Pros’ Biggest Pain Points: Balance, Housing”

  1. Joe/Jane Doe

    Let us work from home! I’ve been preaching this for years. In addition to an immediate eradication of all the ‘tech woes’ listed in this article, most people could get more done without the distractions of an office. I want to hear the one-sided conversation on a conference call from the guy in the next cube about as much as he/she wants to hear my one-sided conversation.
    The biggest hurdle/challenge in one’s work day really shouldn’t be getting to/from work. Companies could hang on to employees if they allowed them to work from home.

  2. Software Sweatshop Worker

    At my company the managers are allowed to work from home, but not the rank and file programmers. It is really, really aggravating and obnoxious.

    The usual argument that managers have against work-at-home, i.e. they need someone to bark at in person, does not even apply in our case since they are sitting in their cozy little house while we slug it out on the highways.

  3. Joe Duncan

    I was interested in reading this article, but as soon as I realized you split it over *9* bloody pages, I completely lost interest.

    I am never going to read any content on your site unless you put it all on one page, I am not interested in generating ad hits for you.


  4. Baby sitting a specific culture and demographics of IT programmers that work for lower rates and promise management they can deliver on anything, I have spent most of my time babysitting and correcting countless errors they make. So my workload and time spent at work increase significantly the last 10 years. Hey, but they are saving money? Thank goodness I am at end of my career. Anyone thinking about a career in IT should think again

  5. The 9 pages distill to these points:
    1. Housing costs in metro areas.
    2. Commute gridlock
    3. Lack of mass transit
    4. Turnover (3.6 year average tenure)
    5. Lack of work-life balance

    Points 1, 2, 3, and 5 can be solved by allowing tech professionals to telecommute with flex time. I’ve had the ability to work remote with flex time with multiple employers for over 7 years.

    Regarding #4, that’s often tied to work-life balance or personality conflicts. Plus in this environment, it’s easy for tech professionals to find other positions since their skills are in high demand.

    Employers, make 2016 the year of the telecommuting. It’s green, will make your employees happy, and will reduce attrition.