Hey all! Today’s article is going to be short, but it’s also going to be amazing. Why? Because I’ve found a piece of empirical information that should warm the hearts of all the managers out there in Managerland. Are you ready? Here we go.
One study of healthcare workers found that when employees were working for a boss they disliked, they had significantly higher blood pressure. Boss-induced hypertension could increase the risk of coronary heart disease by one-sixth and stroke by one-third. And employees who work for bad bosses for four years or more are 64% more likely to experience a serious heart problem than employees who work for good bosses.
I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
…(a moment passes)…
IS THAT FREAKING AMAZING OR WHAT?!?!?!?!? Your managerial practices can actually hasten the death of your employees! I’ll bet you never knew what truly awesome power you wielded.
In case you didn’t already know, the three most significant influences on an employee’s happiness are: relationship to immediate superiors; relationship to coworkers; and the length and ease of the commute to work. You are in charge of one-third of that happiness.
So the next time you see your employees, remember this. You can treat them well and receive their loyalty and increased productivity as a result of your efforts. Or you can send them to an early grave. The choice is yours.
But I’m hoping you’ll pick the ‘early grave’ option.