Pacifying Your Boss Through Exercise

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As per a new study from Northern Illinois University which was conducted by James Burton it is proved that the supervisors who are stressed and who struggle with time pressure voice their frustration of their subordinates or employees. But they do this less if they moderately exercise on regular basis. This research got published in an online Journal. In present economic climate, it is much probable that you will come across stressed and frustrated supervisor. But this does not mean that they have right to transfer their frustrations on their employees at workplace.

Work related stress is widely accepted in many different settings and according to the Health and Safety Exectuive, “for some the way to deal with work related stress is to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people who experience it. For others, it is economically and morally preferable to assess and repair the failed work system or organisation. This action reduces the risk of future failure and the likelihood of future work-related ill-health. This approach focuses attention on the antecedents of work related stress in the design and management of work – but recognises that interventions at the individual level have a part to play.

Researchers have proved that when the supervisor is frustrated or stressed, it is his employees who suffer as they feel they stand the brunt of that stress and frustration. The researchers then conducted a study to ascertain how exercise can buffer the relationship between the stress of supervisor and the perception of employees of the abusive supervision or any hostile attitude towards them. 98 MBA students and their supervisors were asked to fill a questionnaire. Students were asked to rate their perception on how abusive their present supervisor was. While the supervisors were asked to answer how often they exercise and rate the workplace stress. The researchers concluded that the results were as they expected they would be. The results proved that the employees are often victimized if the supervisors are stressed but if the supervisors are engaged in exercises, their subordinates report lower levels of abusive supervision.

This proved that supervisors should exercise moderately to minimize abusive supervision like exercising one to two days in a week and this promised to make difference. The authors concluded that simple acts of exercising on regular basis minimized the negative impact of stress of supervisor on subordinates at workplace. Wellness programs have been advised to keep a check on workplace stress for years.  This study will add support to their specific relevancy in smoothing the relationship between supervisor and subordinate.




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