More information has emerged that suggests this particular economic recovery is the weirdest ever.

A Robert Half Management Resources survey reports that the vast majority of chief financial officers believe managing is tougher today than it was five years ago, in the heart of the recession.

Can it be true? Apparently this time around, it is. The corporate world may never truly recover from the last recession. Evidence from many sources indicates enterprise leaders took such a cuffing in their work and personal lives that they daily recite such mantras as "I will never hire a middle manager again" and "No department will ever again get an automatic 5 percent year over year increase in the new budget."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.