Business - Written by Ming Kwan on Thursday, November 27, 2008 16:39 - 3 Comments
Is your bad boss ‘killing you’?
On a separate but related note to my post on performance reviews, according to a Swedish study published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal, working for a bad boss could increase your chances of heart disease, stroke and other stress related illnesses like depression and insomnia. The ten-year study, (only conducted with men) showed that out of the 3,122 candidates studied, there were 74 cases of fatal and non-fatal heart attacks, angina and stroke. Conversely, employees with good bosses had lower risk of heart attack.
Although these findings are concerning, there are a few things that don’t quite make sense to me. The study was conducted over a period of ten years. If someone is at a job with a ‘bad boss’ and it’s affecting them to a point where their health is declining (with a possibility of death) – could they not choose one of the following three options?
- look for a new job
- ask to switch departments
- try talking to their boss about their concerns
These suggestions are in lieu of letting it escalate to a point where you would have a heart attack. Secondly, work is just work. Is it possible that some people just take things too seriously and are ‘bringing work home’ with them? Home should be your sanctuary, somewhere you can relax and unwind. I guess it’s easier said than done, but perhaps if those men (I refer to men specifically since the study was male based) kept their work at work they could have improved their health. Are these generational differences in the workplace? I’m assuming that the study candidates were from an older generation since the study was conducted over ten years. Would someone in, say the Net Generation or even Generation X stick it out like the individuals in the study did? Or would they go look for other opportunities.
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