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Research conducted by experts at the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester found that people halfway up the professional ladder tend to face the most strain because they are under pressure from both their superiors and the workers they manage.
This investigation involved observing a group of female Barbary macaque monkeys for nearly 600 hours and showed that those in the "middle hierarchy" experience the most stress due to the fact they are involved in problems both above and below them in their organisation.
Katie Edwards, a biologist at the University of Liverpool, explained these findings are applicable to humans, as social conflict was found to be the primary cause of stress - something that is often faced by mid-ranking professionals.
Meanwhile, Dr Susan Shultz of the University of Manchester indicated middle managers are "more likely to challenge - and be challenged" than their colleagues.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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