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HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Middle management bears highest mental stress level: survey

55% of middle management said their companies provided support.

Middle management endures the highest stress level of unprecedented challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by health insurance firm Bupa.

Conducted amongst 1,200 workers aged 18 to 54, the survey revealed that over half of the middle management had experienced the symptoms of anxiety (58%) or depression (57%).

The most prominent reasons cited are “having trouble relaxing”(69%) and “feeling tired or having little energy” (65%).

Alarmingly, one in five middle management executives also admitted to having suicidal thoughts.

Middle management also carries a heavier burden compared to general employees due to juggling more responsibilities both at work and at home.

Whilst most middle management (90%) acknowledged that stress was deteriorating their mental health, only one in 10 sought professional counselling.

Moreover, only 55% of surveyed middle management said their companies provided them with mental health support despite 73% expecting action from their companies.

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