Previously, Swedish researchers had established that people who were bullied by the bosses were at much higher risk of heart disease.
Now scientists have established that people with the worst bosses take their problems home with them and end up rowing, or even fighting, with their partners.
Employees said that the biggest difficulties came from managers who had unrealistic expectations or were constantly critical of the work that was done.
Here is a quick checklist for those who find themselves in the most stressful situations.
- Quit. This is the most extreme option and should not be done on the spur of the moment. But if you feel your physical and/or mental health is being undermined then leave. But there are a few steps you should consider before this drastic action.
- Start practising yoga or meditation. Some people find this a great way to let go of stress. Or take up a hobby. Devoting time to something you really enjoy has a similar effect to meditation. And you never know, taking up a creative hobby like writing or painting might lead to a new career.
- Within the workplace itself consider if moving to a different department would help. You will need to come up with a good reason like “you need a fresh challenge” and not “I can’t stand my boss.”
- Try to reason with your boss. If you have an appraisal then this is an ideal opportunity. But you have to be constructive. Take the opportunity to talk about what extra value you can bring and how you can help your boss do better.
- Talk to your HR department. You should only take this step if you are one step from quitting. If your boss has a good relationship with the HR team you will find yourself in conflict.
- Find a new job. This is often the best option for those having a really bad time. Take your time, and when the right opportunity comes leap at it. Often a new environment makes all the difference.