I think that any support role will come with a level of stress, IT is the same in this way as any other but nowhere near as pressured as many roles. Think of the emergency services, the police, surgeons and deep sea salvage divers...all high stress jobs. What might be a problem for IT is the individuals who gravitate to it often do so because they tend to be less socially adept and find the world of IT relieves them of the need to interact with others. When they have to do it therefoe, it is high stress and they lack the history of skills and interactional experiences to manage it well, hence the stress is magnified.
dcawry, - Extra pressure for IT and finance i guess. When critical systems fail for example, and then one realizes that there's no dodging your way around it. On a lighter note, there's always the IT guy who likes looking like he's working on critical high pressure stuff (potentially bomb detonating code...lol). Hard to tell when he actually is.
robjvargas, - Indeed work pressure is real, i've seen people go into fits of anger but its not easy to assess and know what point everyone is at. Besides what can you do most times...unless its a personal friend or an workmate who is approachable.
Tragedy avoidable? Maybe! the question that needs to be answered is why we/people fail to prevent such tragedies and avoid their occurence despite many "apparent" redflags? We've just learnt a new lesson, the hard way.
@Kim: Indeed but I would ask...does it matter? It is not that we do not expect there will be individuals that lose it...they always will. It is that they have the means to so easily inflict terrible grief on the rest of us that we must address.
Another tragedy underwritten by our American obsession with preserving the rights of gun ownership in the spirit of the wild west and preserving the wild west. As someone on TV recently put it when asking a gun rights advocate about the liklihood that gun ownership leads to gun deaths, "If you buy a mobile phone, doesn't that increase your likelihood of making a call?". Doh. When will we learn.
@Dcawrey: Yes even that is news to me as well. Anyway that shows how badly he has used the technology. We all should remember that there is a very thin line between good and bad in technology. If we use it wisely we can gain many benefits but if we use it the other way things will turn against you at some point.
I did not know until I read this that the Navy Yard shooter was working in IT, so thanks for sharing. I'm sure we are going to hear about more of the why in the coming weeks, but you're one point here that IT can be stressful. It's a role that seemingly can never fulfill users' complete demands.
I don't know the specific circumstance behind what happened Monday, but I do know that IT can be a trigger point for angry and hurt feelings.
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