Heart Disease and Death Risks Increased By Working For An Incompetent Boss

Sep 2, 2009 by

Heart Disease and Death Risks Increased By Working For An Incompetent Boss

Defining and Producing Competent Bosses

What are some key attributes of a supposed good boss? According to the study team, these include:

* communicating and giving feedback;
* consideration for employees;
* delegating authority;
* including people in decision-making;
* managing change;
* setting clear goals; and
* setting realistic expectations.

Stress-related diseases are a large problem in our society. The workplace is one area in which stress occurs and thus can be reduced. This study suggests that managers have key roles in determining stress-related factors at work, which means that psychosocial work environment interventions could be directed towards managers in order to reduce stress in employees,” Nyberg said.

Conclusion

One thing we must note is that, despite other studies having suggested that stressful work environments can increase the risk of cardiovascular conditions, the cause-and-effect link has not been well-established. “However, none of these studies have demonstrated causality, and it remains entirely unknown whether making these types of changes in the workplace would produce favorable effects on cardiovascular health,” said Dr Gregg C Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Intuitively, though, the findings of this study do make some sense. After all, unhappy environments and relationships can be as toxic and bad for health as the worst foods or harmful chemicals. In any case, it makes a lot of sense to work for a boss whom one thinks is competent, not just for health, but also for career and personal development, growth and fulfillment.

Source

Bad Bosses Are Hard on the Heart (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/25/AR2008112500741.html)

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