How Much Can A Bad Boss Harm Your Health?

That demanding, insensitive boss you believe is treating you unfairly and badly -- ramping up that costly stress you feel every day -- can be killing you, albeit very, very slowly, according to a study of civil servants in the U.K.

Researchers tracked the incidence of heart disease over a decade in some 6,400 males who were asked how fairly they were being treated, or not, in the workplace. The numbers speak for themselves: Employees who felt their bosses treated them with a high level of fairness were 30 percent less likely to succumb to coronary heart disease, than those who didn't, something I warned you about seven years ago.

The fairness factors that come into play in the workplace, according to the study:

  • Treating employees truthfully and fairly.
  • Respecting their opinions.
  • Sharing information about decisions that affect them.

Here's the real kicker: One U.S. labor expert believes a comparable study in our country would reveal even more serious problems due to a longer work day.

Just more evidence of the vital and powerful link between emotional stress and its effect on one's health. Since it may not be possible for you to change jobs immediately, the best thing you can do today to better handle the stress you're feeling is to learn some new tools to help you compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body's important systems.

One invaluable tool I've used to deal with stress is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the energy psychology tool I use daily in my practice. If you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed, I urge you to learn EFT with the help of my free manual.

Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 165, No. 19, October 24, 2005: 2245-2251 Free Full Text Article

Yahoo News October 24, 2005

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