Appreciate Your IT

Blog Alias todayMay 20, 2024

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It’s almost summer, and you know what that means! Teacher appreciation weeks, Final exams, graduations, recitals, and burnout.  But you know who works all year round and can’t afford to get burnout?  Your school IT Team! While the rest of us wind down, their work in some ways winds up: systems must be reset, cleaned, ordered, loaded with software, repaired, inventoried, secured. And that just begins their summer.

The past few years have been challenging, and the school IT team has fully engaged to support the necessary changes in how we do school. During the pandemic, they made sure students could still learn from home and graduate on time. They had to think of things like making sure every system had a camera, helping students without internet access, and keeping student safe online. It was a challenging time, but they led the way in ensuring education still happened.

The challenges haven’t stopped. Cyber security attacks in education have gone up by 70%. Just last month, Virginia University got hacked, and students were asked to pay up.

The IT department faces significant challenges in such a climate. They’re often not just IT folks – they’re also teachers, coaches, ,administrators, and most of all, parents.

These individuals work hard, often without notice or recognition. So, why not take some time as school closes out to thank your IT team? They’ve protected your data, kept your school running, and dealt with all kinds of tech issues. They show up every day, and they’ll keep your digital info safe long after you’re gone.

If you want to show your appreciation, there are a few ways to communicate your support. You could thank them for keeping your identity safe and making sure your tech worked. It’s a small gesture, but it could mean a lot to the people who often go unnoticed.

Want to do more than a verbal thank you? Here are some thoughts on gift ideas for the tech-savvy folks in your life.

  • Noise canceling headphones are a game-changer, especially with kids around. And who doesn’t love getting lost in a good book when taking a break from screens?
  • Desk accessories are not just practical. They also serve as a reminder of kindness and appreciation. And gift cards? Well, they speak for themselves!
  • School-themed items are fun and can really boost their connection to the school.
  • Don’t forget about plants – a little touch of nature can make a big difference in a tech-filled world.
  • When it comes to hobby-related gifts, taking the time to really understand someone’s interests can be the most meaningful. Knowing they have lives outside of work and learning about them as people creates the strongest connection.

Even if you’re not sure what to give, advocating for better security funding, tech training, and staffing is always appreciated. Letting those in the IT world know they’re seen and valued can truly make a difference in their mental well-being.

School already out? Remember they haven’t stopped. A mention or momento could be even more impactful as they know you know they still hold the line on your tech support and security.

So spread some IT appreciation.

Written by: Alias

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