06Jun

Behind every computer network is a person or a team you may have never met, yet it’s thanks to them that every email you write is sent, every file is there when you need it and every report you print gets printed.

These are the system administrators. They’re the ones who keep the computer system running. They update the programs and make sure the virus protection is still protecting.

When a new employee starts, who wires up their cubicle and gets them a login? You got it, a sysadmin.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to have everyone work from home, sysadmins made it happen.

So unsung are these heroes of the network that it took a lone admin to create System Administrator Appreciation Day. 21 years ago Ted Kekatos had just finished installing new printers when he came across an ad for the very same printer. It showed a sysadmin with a grateful group of employees showering him with fruit baskets and flowers and wine. As a joke, he showed the ad around, then created a website and began promoting sysadmin day.

The day has grown so popular that besides the website Kekatos still runs there are dozens of video tributes on YouTube. There’s even a musical.https://www.youtube.com/embed/M32SJ2GGX3Q?feature=oembed

Besides sending your sysadmin a Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day message, take a hint from Ted Kekatos and gift your admins with ice cream and cake, cookies (chocolate, naturally) or cases of Monster, Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew.

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Tech Professionals Like Working From Home

By an overwhelming majority, IT professionals like working from home.

In a survey released last week by the tech careers site Dice, 67% of the respondents said they like or like very much working from home. Only 10% were negative.

Dice began surveying IT professionals a few weeks ago about how they were coping with the coronavirus crisis. The survey probes their feelings on a variety of issues besides working remotely: their workload, their sense of job security, and their connectedness to colleagues, family, and friends.

The second survey, released May 11, shows little has changed since the first survey in April.

Workloads have remained fairly consistent. Between the two surveys, the percent of those saying their workload increased by twice or more declined slightly, though 34% still say it’s heavier than it used to be.

Fewer are saying they don’t like working from home at all, a sign that like other professionals, technologists are growing accustomed to remote work. That sentiment is reflected in their response to a question about how the pandemic is changing what they feel is important in a job. In the first survey, 66.7% said remote work. In the follow-up survey, that percentage jumped to 72.5%.

Regardless of how they feel about remote work, a majority agree the isolation is making them less connected to colleagues and friends. On the flip side, 36% say it’s made them feel more connected to family.

There is a growing sense of unease about job security. In the current survey, 73% said COVID-19 is making job security / stability more important in a job. Two weeks earlier, 70% said that.

Worries over job stability showed up even more clearly when they were asked about their individual job security. In April, 57% were confident about their job; 19% said they had total job security. Only 4% said they had no job security.

Two weeks later, those fearing they had no security at all increased to 5%, while those claiming total security dropped to 15%.

That’s likely why the percentage of those planning to look for a new job increased between the two surveys. While 69% have no plans to job hunt, 31% said they intend to start in the next two weeks. In the first survey, 27% said that.

Photo by Daniel Thomas on Unsplash

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