- The Find: A recent survey of US middle managers found that nearly two thirds felt the downturn was having a negative impact on their work environment, while less than half said they were satisfied with their job.
- The Source: The U.S. portion of Accenture's global survey of middle managers.
With the downturn starting to bite, middle managers are feeling even more of a pinch, at least if a recent survey is to be believed. Accenture polled 322 middle managers in the U.S. in September as part of a global study of more than 2,600 mid-level bosses. The resulting statistics are less than cheerful:
- 61 percent said that employees are concerned about losing their jobs or that morale is down.
- 53 percent said they are dissatisfied or only somewhat satisfied with their jobs.
- 27 percent are taking steps to improve the security of their jobs, such as working harder or longer hours.
- 68 percent believe that their companies could do more to help employees cope with the weak economy.
The Question: What can middle managers do to help their teams (and themselves) cope?