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Are you headed for a heart attack at work?

September 26, 2012

Being a boss is stressful, right? All that responsibility, coupled with extra demands and the same number of hours in the day is a surefire recipe for a heart attack.

Apparently, not according to some new research reported in the Daily Mail:

The latest study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested the popular idea that leadership engenders greater stress.

Almost 150 bosses recruited by Harvard University researchers had less of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva than 65 non-leaders.

However, things don’t look so good if you’re at the other end of the chain:

The findings uphold research earlier this month that showed being bossed around at worked increases the risk of a heart attack by 23 per cent.

The researchers attribute the inverse-stress relationship to the emphasis that has been placed on stress management for those in leadership positions:

“Not surprisingly social scientists and practitioners have proposed and developed scores of tools to help leaders manage their stress and leader stress management has become a vibrant industry.’

The key to happiness in the workplace, regardless of your position, is a comfortable environment where you feel in control of what’s happening, are free from trauma and harassment, and feel you are able to achieve – and enjoy – the tasks that are expected of you.

Perhaps that’s not the situation you’re in right now – if so, it’s time to talk. Work takes up a significant portion of our lives, and as such has a huge effect on our overall wellbeing.

Give us a call today, or contact us through the email form on our website, if you’dlike to discuss how we can help you manage workplace issues.

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