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Friday, October 5, 2012

Middle management and junior staff under intense pressure, study finds

More than 90 per cent of UK workers believe stress is falling on middle management, which is also filtering down to junior staff.

That was the view of business performance consultants Lane4, who believe that middle management suffer the greatest stress levels, with two in five (39 per cent) under severe stress.

The study of more than 1,000 British employees reveals that almost half of workers (43 per cent) report feeling under pressure at work. More worryingly, one in five (20 per cent) reported that junior staff starting their careers also felt under extreme pressure.

Due to the current economic climate, more than a third (34 per cent) of workers are desperately worried about their job security. As a result, nearly one in five (20) workers feel they have also been given additional work, increasing their workload dramatically.

Further findings highlight that 48 per cent of workers have had their workload increased following redundancies at their company. Additionally, nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of workers are taking on extra projects to assist colleagues who are struggling to cope with their workload.

Looking at individual departments, sales staff complained of higher stress levels, more than four times greater (19 per cent) than those working in IT (six per cent).

Nationally, both a third of male and female employees had severe fears about their current job. But the survey reveals that the most insecure region is the North West, with one in seven fearing they could lose their jobs, compared to only three per cent of workers in East Anglia.

Commenting on the results, Lane4's managing director and Olympic gold medallist, Adrian Moorhouse, said: "It's a leader's job to ensure that all staff are able to cope in these tough times.

"If it's junior staff that are feeling a large amount of pressure as revealed in the study, they must provide the tools and techniques to help develop resilience and success strategies. This will help them to thrive on the pressure, rather than crumble beneath it."

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