When 1,500 workers were surveyed by the American Psychological Association, 1/3 shared issues with their supervisor as a source of work stress.
Canadian researcher Kevin Kelloway studied the effect of bad bosses and stated bad bosses can cause a human body to “pump out… stress hormones—just as it would if you were running from a tiger…”
So, what does the stereotypical bad boss do? S/he:
- Plays favorites
- Is checked-out
- Uses obscenity
- Blames others
- Is a sexual predator
So, what are the health benefits good bosses give employees?
- A reduced risk for heart disease
- Lower blood pressure
- A healthy weight
- Better sleep patterns
- Improved mental well-being
What specific things can a leader do to give the gift of health? Check out the final post in this series.
Wondering what to give for the holidays? How about health?
The Washington Post article “Does your horrible boss make you sick?” shares “stress-inducing, unsupportive management styles can harm workers’ well-being.”
It outlines the negative impact on health as a result of bad bosses. Harvard Medical School professor Jonathan Quick co-authored the book “Preventative Stress Management in Organizations” and states bad bosses can worsen sleep, increase the chance of a heart attack, inflate blood pressure, and cause other ailments. Ouch!
So, what boss behavior makes for good or bad health? Check out the next two posts in this series!