A Swedish study has found that it may be your heart that pays the price for dealing with a boss who causes you high amounts of stress. The research found that the workers who reported working for difficult bosses had higher
risks for angina, heart attack and death.
The study covered more than 3,000 Swedish men who had had their hearts checked between 1992 and 1995, and then were followed up on in 2003. In that period of time, 74 of the men had had heart attacks, angina or death from heart disease, the research found.
The scientists found that the men who had rated their bosses as more competent had lower rates of developing heart disease. On the other hand, the men who had rated their bosses as less competent had higher rates of heart disease, and that risk increased the longer they worked in that environment.
"Stress-related diseases are a large problem in our society," said lead researcher Anna Nyberg, from the department of public health sciences at the Karolinska Institute, and Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University Nyberg. "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," she said.
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