Giving the Gift of Health (Post 2 of 3)

Depressed-Worker-SmallWhen 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.