As the IT ship continues its odyssey, we spend a moment to consider the condition of the crew. We interviewed eleven IT mangers concerning their working hours, the effects of these hours on their families and their health, and how they dealt with problems of work life balance. These managers are working harder than is healthy, and are aware of the consequent problems, but a combination of industry attitudes, personal ambition and practical difficulties of arranging time off means that they mostly deal with their problems through stress alleviation techniques rather than attempting to bring their life back into balance.