Bad Bosses Impact on Employee Health

Ever notice how employees at Dunder Mifflin never take any sick days? Their extremely strong immune systems may have to do with their great Boss, Michael Scott. Our recent survey identifies a significant correlation with bosses and employee health.

Many professionals report that they suffer from stress and other health-related problems due to a poor work environment. In fact, 90% of employees report at least one ailment suffered at one time or another.  Stress (64%) is most often cited, followed by limited physical activity (51%), unhealthy diet (50%), headaches (50%) and weight gain (49%). Interestingly, there are very few traits that correlate with one’s job type. Here’s a couple….Heart disease is prominant anmong C-level executives (president, CEO, etc.). High blodd pressure is dominated by senior executives (directors, GM’s). Excessive smoking, drinking and depression is prominant among those in administrative or clerical positions.

The correlation that does stand out (among the factors at work that may cause health-related issues) is boss type. We have found that bad bosses’ behavior can seriously impact employees’ health. Consider this:

  • Employees with a boss that frequently leaves the office (for shopping, or workouts) can be nearly 20% more likely (than the avg. employee) to suffer from stress
  • Employees with a boss who loves to watch videos (at work) are almost 30% more likely to suffer from muscle tension
  • Employees with a boss frequently on facebook and twiiter (at work) are over 30% more likely to have an unhealthy diet
  • Employees with a boss that works over 10 hours a day are 45% more likely to drink excessively (during work hours)

So what’s the good news? Employees lucky enough to have bosses that fail to show any of these bad behaviors tend to have the healthiest hearts and minds.

  • Employees that failed to find fault with the boss were 33% less likely (than the avg. employee) to suffer from depression
  • Employees that failed to find fault with the boss were 43% less likely to suffer from heart disease


About Office Pulse

Office Pulse by Captivate offers marketers timely analysis and insights from a proprietary panel of upscale professionals in the top markets. The Office Pulse panel of more than 8,000 influential consumers and business decision makers includes C-level executives, Millennials, middle management, small business owners, working women and working moms.

About Captivate

Known for its vast network of nearly 12,000 elevator displays located in 1,600 premier office buildings across North America, Captivate connects advertisers with 13 million unique monthly viewers through creative, research-driven and Nielsen-measured advertising and marketing programs. By engaging its viewers with timely news and actionable information that helps balance the personal and professional demands of the workday, Captivate provides advertisers with a highly desirable and difficult-to-reach audience of affluent and influential business professionals. Founded in 1997, Captivate is owned by Generation Partners. For more information, please visit