The extremely challenging global economic climate has made the role of middle manager increasingly important, as they have to make certain that their company adapts to financial constraints while at the same time ensuring that employees remain happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, a new study has suggested that most managers are failing to achieve both of these goals.
Conducted by professional services firm Hillcroft House, the research indicated that stressed out leaders have created a "culture of fear" within their organisation, HR Magazine reports.
The company asked 1,000 UK workers about their relationship with line managers and performance appraisal processes and it seems that the vast majority of people are far from happy with their current employers.
Indeed, 93 per cent of the respondents said they would definitely consider leaving for pastures new, which was up from just 49 per cent in 2008. If nothing else, this statistic highlights just how much impact the recession has had on workers' overall happiness.
Only two per cent claimed to be satisfied in their job - down from 21 per cent in 2008 - and 72 per cent felt their direct manager did not communicate with them enough.
"We believe these results may have been caused by training cuts due to the current economic position. If so, a big message to HR that has come out of the report is: don't cut training for middle management," Adam Crizzle, managing director at Hillcroft House, told the news provider.
Although managers are clearly under a lot of pressure, they simply cannot afford to turn a blind eye to staff wellbeing.
A firm may have taken every step to ensure health and safety laws are being adhered to, but this is not always enough to keep employees at work when the going gets tough.
Rising stress levels and a lack of engagement inevitably lead to soaring absence rates, which is obviously going to have a hugely negative impact on a company's productivity and ultimately its profits.