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Whats really burning out IT techs?

By NZBN ·
I have seen alot of posts from people about no longer having the enthusiasm of thier younger years in IT,
I've seen it happen myself one web developer I knew of one day suddenly decided to go crane driving instead - go figure :)

I am thinking that this is coming from IT techs not being "allowed" freedom outside of the workplace. Most contracts these days contain clauses like you cannot do any IT related work outside of work and if you do x company owns the copyright etc,

I even once had one manager offer me a job with that clause and another clause that said I could not do any related work for any other company for another three years after employment with his express written permission, then had the cheek to offer bottom dollar, you can guess what got said back.

I think that IT people such as ourselves given the freedom to enjoy our craft outside of business hours (Fair enough work is work inside bus hours)
for example over the next year outside of any work I am doing, I am going to be building a school managment system admittedly I plan to give the sms away for free to any school that wants it but I get to learn and explore ASP.Net, SQL Server (Having mainly worked in Oracle), XML and expand on the CSS controls I already know.

IT as a whole should start getting militant about the contracts that are being demanded of us. We are professionals capable of keeping to work inside of work hours so it should be no one elses business what we do outside of business hours.

Free your mind - Sorry had to do it (Matrix)

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Ummm... no.

by brianeaglesfan In reply to Whats really burning out ...

"Most contracts these days contain clauses like you cannot do any IT related work outside of work and if you do x company owns the copyright etc,

I even once had one manager offer me a job with that clause and another clause that said I could not do any related work for any other company for another three years after employment with his express written permission."

I don't see how these could be enforced due to restriction of trade. Most companies have you sign agreements that anything you develop while working for them becomes their intellectual property, but if you're working for someone else off hours and develop something for them the first company does not acquire ownership of it.

And as far as the whole thing with not working for anyone else within 3 years without his express written permission, if it's for a competitor maybe, but saying you can't do any IT related work would never hold up. How are you supposed to make a living if something happens at that job? I'm fairly sure that would leave him open for a lawsuit if he tried to enforce it. Most companies simply insist you don't work for a competitor or at another job where your responsibilities with their company will be affected.

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Um... yes!

by DC Guy In reply to Ummm... no.

It happens all the time.

Of course in real life it becomes a negotiating point when the time comes and the best companies will be reasonable. A partner in a consulting firm once gave me permission to take a job with our current client. I was so impressed that I decided to stay. Big mistake but that's another story...

It's more to protect companies from the nefarious offers of their rivals than to enslave the employees, but of course it can be and has been used that way.

The bottom line is that it depends on where you reside and work. "Blue" states take a very dim view of this affront to personal liberty. If a contract with a clause like this gets anywhere near California its court system will PRESUME jurisdiction, burn the contract, throw the firm's CEO in prison, disbar its attorneys, and award the employee $100K per year damages for life.

Just kidding, but they will void the non-compete clause and give a lecture about evil capitalists.

But in "red" states you'd better believe that the courts always side with the corporation.

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Maybe

by TonytheTiger In reply to Whats really burning out ...

It's having to maintain that pasted on grin day in and day out while fixing the mistakes of people who have no business being around anything that uses electricity :^)

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Work restrictions

by master3bs In reply to Whats really burning out ...

My current work had a clause that stated I was not allowed to have any outside job other than with them unless otherwise approved. I made sure to have that addressed before signing anything. I am allowed to work for gain outside here as long as it does not interfere with my responsibilities at work.

Back when I was doing help desk support, I did sign a contract that stated I would not do the same type of support work for a competetor for up to a year. I had no problem with that because 1) I planned to go into a different area of IT afterwords [which I eventually did] and 2) often times those types of contracts are not binding.

Three years is a bit unreasonable.

I don't know that this is what causes burnout; but it can be an area of frustration.

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