Your Inspiring Managerial Fashion Could Be Making Your Employees Ill

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Source:   —  April 23, 2016, at 0:29 AM

You wish to motivate your employees to do the best work they possibly can, but this attitude could be harmful to their health.

It turns out it may be possible to be too inspirational.

You wish to motivate your employees to do the best work they possibly can, but this attitude could be harmful to their health. According to a recent study from England'south Univ of E Anglia, managers who inspire their colleagues to go "above and beyond the call of duty" may be inadvertently pressuring their staffs to arrive in to the office on days when they’d be better off staying home sick.

The authors of the study, occupational psychology professors Karina Nielsen and Kevin Daniels, characterize these managers as "transformational leaders." They've a solid vision and know how to perform it, and they wish their employees to challenge themselves and be excellent problem solvers.

It sounds love an ideal situation, right? That is, until a preponderance of presenteeism makes the office more love a petri dish than usual, all because workers wish to meet their boss’s expectations and standards.

Over the course of three years, the researchers followed one hundred fifty-five postal workers and their supervisors in Denmark. The study asked the staff to rate their managers on a one to five scale, then compared this data to the employees’ responses about their ill days in the preceding year and for the duration of the research. They found that "transformational leadership increased sickness absence when workers exhibited fourteen more days of presenteeism than their colleagues."

“The assumption that ‘more transformational leadership is better’ doesn't keep over time. As role models, transformational leaders should display healthy behaviours when motivating people, they should monitor and check them, and encourage workers to see after their own health," said Daniels in a statement from the university.

Daniels explains that there is a way to encourage excellent work without compromising workers themselves. Employees may be able neglect their symptoms, but over time, failing to rest and recuperate increases the risk of future, more severe illness -- and having number choice but to get time off.

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