Middle managers boost productivityOne-on-one relationships with employees engender respect, trust, loyalty and contributionBy Shannon Klie02/27/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2006 Cutting middle management can kill productivity, a new study by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., found. “In the zest to downsize and restructure and to make more cost-efficient, often middle-level management positions are restructured out or significantly downsized,” said Rick Hackett, a professor and Canada research chair at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. But this can be a big mistake, he added. Middle managers create important one-on-one relationships with employees that engender respect, trust, loyalty and contribution, said Hackett. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.