The results highlighted that almost half (49%) of middle managers say they are under excessive pressure either everyday or once or twice a week, compared to a survey average of 37%.
I’ve mentioned in the past the importance of developing resilience in leaders and this survey highlights to me the growing need for organisations to focus on this. The fact that such a large percentage of respondents feel they are under excessive pressure shows there is a need for middle managers to be resilient and able to handle the inevitable pressure they will face in their role.
I cannot stress enough the effect this could have on an organisation. As the results of my colleague’s research (mentioned one of my previous blogs
) showed, there is a link between resilient attitudes and levels of employee engagement.
If management at any level are struggling with their own engagement due to poor resilience levels, this will filter down through the rest of the company. What this will quickly lead to then as a disengaged workforce who are losing motivation in their role; and is this really the work environment you want for your business?
I think, and hope, that we will see these survey results changing for the better if organisations and HR commit to developing resilience within their leaders.
Will Mitchell is director of consulting at talent management consultancy, A&DC.
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