Is your boss making you ill?
Posted by Meg Bear on January 16, 2009
This research was out of Sweden, published in the Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
A lower score for the boss translated into a higher risk for the employee. And the longer the employee worked there, the more the risk rose.
Ick! Sadly I really didn’t find this surprising. I think that we all know what kind of stress a bad work situation can have, seems logical that, in the worst cases it could lead to physical manifestation.
Job fit is not just about being in the right job for your skills, it is also about having the right match with your boss. Figuring out how to manage your boss is something that requires investment . Do you know the work style of your boss? Do you know how S/he prefers to be status-ed? Is S/he a high-touch or low-touch person? Is there something you can do to make the work relationship more harmonious?
Often, a bad boss situation can be fixed with better communication, clear goal definition and concentrated effort. You owe it to yourself to make the effort.
BUT if the fit is just not there you should be proactive about finding yourself a different manager.
Since your career is your responsibility, you must resolve the situation. Not just for your career advancement but also for your health! As the study proved, these problems do not get better over time, they only get worse.