Anti-Family Bosses Are Bad For Your Health

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If you have a boss who doesn't "get it" that you need to balance your work with your family life, chances are you're at heightened risk for heart disease and you're shorter on sleep than colleagues with more understanding bosses, a new Harvard School of Public Health study finds.

In surveys at four Massachusetts nursing homes:

...the researchers found that employees whose managers were less supportive of their needs to balance home and work responsibilities slept less (29 minutes/day) than employees whose managers were more flexible. They also were more than twice as likely to have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Workers who were caring directly for patients appeared to be particularly prone to heart disease risk factors if their boss was inflexible.

Do you have a boss who thinks there needs be no life outside the workplace? Can you feel it affecting your health?

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Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.