Thankless task: 55% of IT admins say colleagues fail to acknowledge support

Chennai, India, July 23, 2015: More than half of IT admin staff (55%) are not thanked by colleagues for carrying out essential IT tasks on their behalf, a new poll has shown.

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company which carried out the survey, has released the results in conjunction with the 16th System Administrator Appreciation Day on Friday 31st July, as part of a campaign to give staff in other roles an insight into what a system administrator’s job entails.

Debunking a few common myths, the poll of over 2,000 IT workers revealed a few perceptions were actually true: 44% said that being a geek was written in their DNA, while 38% said they left their private persona at home and morphed into a geek at work.

However, despite having a reputation for working long hours, 46% of the system administrators surveyed claimed to be party animals and around half (48%) worked within a 9-hour day.

“While some myths were busted, it was a surprise when some turned out to be facts”, said Vidya Vasu, head of the ManageEngine Community. “For instance, 55% had messy desks and the majority conformed to the ‘geek’ stereotype.”

ManageEngine welcomes Sysadmins to participate in the below contests:

  • Caption the GIFs contest ManageEngine is running its Caption the GIFs contest through July 31, 2015. More than 350 syadmins have captioned GIFs so far at Ten lucky winners will each receive a $20 Amazon gift card.
  • IT-Q game Designed to test the IT IQ of sysadmins who double as wordsmiths, IT-Q may also be played by those unfortunate souls without the swagger or technology chops to make it as sysadmins. The game is available at

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