We all know that constant job stress can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s well being. Well what about “boss stress”? A new study shows that unfair and unreasonable supervisors can increase an employee’s blood pressure and raise the risk of a heart attack or stroke. A study by medical researchers in Great Britain found that the blood pressure of workers was higher than normal when they were supervised by someone they perceived to be unreasonable or unfair. As reported in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine “An unfavorable perceived supervisor is a potent workplace stressor, which might have a clinically significant impact on a [workers] cardiovascular functioning”.
Cardiovascular disease kills an estimated 16.6 million people or one-third of total global deaths each year. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor.
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