Link to an interesting study via neuromarketing. Apparently people who think they have good bosses have a 20% lower risk of heart attack. Comparing relative risks is notoriously misleading, but this is still important stuff. The researchers also report what looks like a dose-response relationship, with the link between management style and heart disease growing stronger the longer individuals keep the same boss.
Specific behaviours identified by the study as having the strongest impact are:
- My boss gives me the information I need
- My boss is good at pushing through and carrying out changes
- My boss explains goals ...
- I have sufficient power in relation to my responsibilities
All of these are staple elements of staff surveys, and it's interesting to see empowerment and information scoring so highly.
Perhaps it's time we started adding employee health to the long list of reasons to focus on satisfying staff?