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The Middle Managers Are Not Alright

Mid-tier bosses face pressure from both sides as employees return to the office, leading to the highest risk of burnout of any job level.

Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin, the poster child of middle management on `The Office,’ would probably be having a tough time right now too.

Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin, the poster child of middle management on `The Office,’ would probably be having a tough time right now too.

Photographer: Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

Pour one out for your boss. Of all office workers, middle managers are reporting the highest levels of stress and anxiety and the worst work-life balance.

That’s according to new research by Slack Technologies Inc.’s Future Forum, which found a record 43% of managers say they’re burned out — the highest of any job level. Slack polled more than 10,000 desk workers in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.