Demanding bosses may harm your health

Bosses who inspire you to perform above and beyond the call of duty may actually harm your health over time and increase your sickness absence rates, a new study suggests.

The findings by researchers from University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK show that constant pressure from these `transformational leaders’ may increase sickness absence levels among employees.

They also indicate that some vulnerable employees in groups with transformational leaders may frequently show up for work while ill, known as presenteeism, researchers said.bosses

They looked for the first time at the relationship between presenteeism, transformational leadership and sickness absence rates. The results have implications for how organisations might effectively deal with employees’ health and well-being.

Transformational leadership has previously been associated with positive employee well-being, better sleep quality, fewer depressive symptoms and reduced general absenteeism in the short term.

The findings from the study were published in the journal Work and Stress.