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POOR LEADERSHIP POSES A HEALTH RISK AT WORK

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Posted by abeodbart November 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

Perceived poor managerial leadership increases not only the amount of sick leave taken at a workplace, but also the risk of sickness amongst employees later on in life. The longer a person has had a “poorer” manager, the higher his or her risk of for example suffering a heart attack within a ten-year period, according to a new thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet.

The recently submitted thesis is based on data from almost 20,000 employees in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland and Italy, working in a range of fields, such as the forest or hotel industries. Some of the studies also included a representative selection of Sweden’s entire working population and industries in the Stockholm region. The researchers compared levels of self-rated stress, health, sick leave and emotional exhaustion with how subjects perceived their managers’ leadership in terms of certain positive and negative criteria, such as inspirational, supportive and good at delegating or authoritarian, dishonest and distant.

Science Daily (Thanks ReliegiousMarie)

COMMENTS
November 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm
nettmac says:

Yep – I can agree with this… my manager couldn’t organise a p*** up in a brewrey and I’ve taken time off sick (once) and am looking for another job!… Anyone got a vacancy let me know lol xx


November 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Nopke says:

Makes sense. But what is poor management. Some will love having a bad manager around … get more healthy due to that. When you get worked up by all bad decisions of your manager, not only due to the fact that you are the one who needs to clean up the mess all the time .. yes, that will cause severe stress over a long term period and can cause lots of physical damage. Although it might have needed to be a weaker spot already. Adapting to your manager is not always easy .. how dumb can you pretend to be 40 hours a week ?
How pyschic do you want to become? How depressed? Etc etc etc …
The other side is clear.

It needs to be long term bad management ofcourse … on a daily (or almost) daily bases. We are all humans .. and quite often it is not just the manager but the system .. the manager can be under heavy stress as well.


June 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm
MonaVie says:

I have not seen a scientific research to back it up but I’d have to agree with this. The stress of having a poor manager could have an effect to one’s health. This is why I try to avoid stress at work. Either I ignore a simple problem or I find another job.


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