Middle management and junior staff starting their careers are under intense pressure in the workplace, according to a new study published by business performance consultants Lane4.
Almost half of workers (43%) now report feeling under pressure at work, says the study of 1,500 British employees, carried out by OnePoll. Middle management suffer the greatest stress levels, with two in five (39%) under severe stress.
Worryingly, one in five (20%) reported that junior staff just starting their careers also felt extreme pressure.
Because of the current economic climate, over a third (34%) are desperately worried about their job security. As a result, nearly one in five (17%) workers feel they have also been given additional work, increasing their workload dramatically.
Forty-eight percent of workers have actually had their workload increased following redundancies at their company, while nearly a quarter (24%) of workers are taking on extra projects to assist colleagues who are struggling to cope with their workload.
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 (16%) fearing they could lose their jobs, compared to only 3% of workers in East Anglia.