Bosses Have Big Impact on Workplace Well-Being01/23/12
MONDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unhappy at work,
it may be because your psychological needs aren't being met by your
manager or company, a new study suggests.
Over-controlling bosses who use threats to motivate workers and
companies that don't seem to value employees' contributions
frustrate people's basic needs for autonomy, competence and
relatedness (how you relate to others), according to the
researchers led by Dr. Nicolas Gillet at the Universite Francois
Rabelais in Tours, France.
This, in turn, can harm your well-being at work. And the way you
feel at work can account for more than a quarter of the differences
in work performance between individuals, the study authors said in
a journal news release.
They added that the potential economic impact of workplace
well-being means that the topic is receiving increasing
For their study, the researchers had 1,118 workers at small,
medium and large companies complete questionnaires asking them what
they thought about their supervisors' management style and how much
support they felt they received from their companies.
The more the workers felt their superior supported their
autonomy, the more their needs for autonomy, competence and
relatedness were met, and the happier and more satisfied they were.
The same was true when workers felt they had the support of their
Employees who said their supervisors were coercive, pressuring
and authoritarian, or believed their companies were non-supportive,
felt their needs weren't being met and had lower levels of
The study was recently published online in the
Journal of Business and Psychology.
"Our study shows that both organizational and managerial factors have an influence on satisfying or frustrating the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence and how we relate to others," the researchers said.
They concluded that "to satisfy employees' needs, supervisors
should provide subordinates with options rather than use threats
and deadlines, a strategy which could improve their workforce's
The American Psychological Association offers tips for
managing your boss.
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