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Middle managers under the most pressure as economy falters

Middle managers are the most likely to feel under pressure at work and believe they have the worst work-life balance, according to new research. But just why are middle managers in particular feeling the squeeze?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) quarterly Employee Outlook survey of 2,000 employees showed that almost half (49 per cent) of middle managers say they are under excessive pressure, compared to an average of 37 per cent of respondents. Middle managers also claim to be the most unhappy with their work-life balance, with only 44 per cent feeling they have got it right, against 70 per cent of employees who don't have any managerial responsibilities.

Middle managers also appear to feel the least secure in their jobs, with one in three believing it likely that they could lose their job in the downturn, and the same proportion looking to change organisations.

According to Ben Wilmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD, middle managers 'are often caught in the middle between delivering strategic objectives and managing and motivating under-pressure line managers.' Yet while they frequently have a crucial part to play in managing change and transformation, they can also be the first in line when an organisation is looking to downsize, which might account for their doubts around job security.

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