Nearly half of middle managers say that they are under excessive pressure every week, according to results from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) quarterly Employee Outlook survey. CIPD surveyed 2,000 middle managers in the United Kingdom.

Middle managers are particularly unhappy with their work-life balance; just 44 percent agree they are satisfied with their work-life balance, compared with 70 percent among nonmanagers.
In addition, middle managers worry most about their job security. One in three (29 percent) think it is likely they could lose their job as a result of the economic downturn, compared with 21 percent of employees with no managerial responsibility and 15 percent of senior managers.

“Middle managers are often caught in the middle between delivering strategic objectives and managing under-pressure line managers,” said Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD. “It is also important to remember the crucial role these managers play in managing change, translating the objectives of senior managers into actions, and motivating others.”

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