Friday, December 19, 2008

Bad Bosses Bad For The Heart

I just read an interesting study conducted by WebMD which shows that bad bosses can be hazardous to the health, and even to long life, of the people who work for them.

In another recent study, the researchers say, employees who were exposed to what they perceive as an adverse psychological work environment were found to be at a 50% excess risk of cardiovascular disease. The results from that study, the researchers write, "have considerable clinical implications, especially since psychosocial stressors at work are relatively common."

This type of stuff is near and dear to my heart as I worked for a tyrannical boss which led me to write the book, Bleedership, Biblical First-Aid for Leaders. In the book, I contrast my boss' leadership style with the great leaders of the Bible.

During my time at the company, I noticed that I was stressed more than I ever had been before. I could also see the strain it was putting on my co-workers. I am sure our health was negatively affected. It was not a good time at our company. However, God turned that time of suffering into great victory. I would not change it for anything as it totally changed the trajectory of my life. I am truly thankful for that difficult time.

If you are in a situation with a tough boss, I bring this up simply to encourage you. God will use this for good if you love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 paraphrased).

And, if you are one of these bosses, perhaps today is the day to change!


Dan Wooldridge said...

Jim, it is so true. Thanks for the encouragement to many who face such tough situations. An additional resource, just to add to the discussion and to understand different types of such bosses is The Boss from Hell article over at InsideWork.

Jim Lange said...

Dan, thanks for your kind words and thank you for the great article! Have an awesome Christmas!