Exercising Makes Bosses Nicer

Those who hit the gym don't take stress out on subordinates: study
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Exercising Makes Bosses Nicer
Your boss will probably treat you better if he hits the gym more often.   (Shutterstock)

Got a crabby boss? Maybe you should get your office to chip in on a gym membership. Bosses who work out are less likely to mistreat their employees, according to a recent study in the Journal of Business and Psychology, spotted by Scientific American. Researchers had 98 MBA students fill out surveys on their bosses' behaviors, and had bosses fill out a separate survey about their stress levels and exercise habits.

As you might expect, bosses who were less stressed scored better with their employees, and were less likely to berate or demean them. But even bosses who were stressed out were less likely to lash out if they exercised, even if it was only once or twice a week. (More exercise stories.)

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