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The common stresses of middle managers

There was a claim in the US this week that people in middle-management suffer a particular form of stress that is different from those at the top and those at the bottom.

The report claims that, being sandwiched between bosses who sometimes overlook them and junior staff who sometimes resent them, makes middle management the most stressful jobs in the modern world.

Stephen Grootes speaks to Chief Strategy Officer at Omnicor, Marcel Harper who says he agrees with the report.

He says that the amount of ambition and importance attached to career vs other parts life (such as family and self-care), can lead to burn-out. He says that people in middle management should care about their career and progress, within reason.

Harper recommends that middle manager faced with these stresses should try traditional means of dealing with the stress, including exercise and spending time with loved ones. He also suggests an internal mindset shift.

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