Linking Leadership to Safe and Healthy Workplaces
Your boss may be the key to your lifestyle, your health and even your safety.
Dr. Kevin Kelloway, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology, is helping reveal the impact leaders have on employee health. He’s also helping us understand what can be done to predict and prevent workplace violence.
For more than 40 years, studies have shown poor leadership leads to increased stress for employees. But new studies show leadership can also relate directly to your risk of cardiovascular disease, help predict workplace safety levels, and prevent you from establishing a healthy lifestyle.
Kelloway’s research looks at how business leaders respond to job stress and how that response influences their leadership. For example, if an individual becomes hostile or withdrawn in stressful situations, how will their leadership skills be impaired?
Aimed at understanding the interaction of leaders and employees, Kelloway’s research explores the attitudes and behaviour of leaders as well as the experiences of employees. It measures the use and consequences of different leadership styles, the effectiveness of those styles in times of stress and, more importantly, it will help us understand the physical and emotional impact that both strong and weak leadership can have on employees.
This research, combined with Kelloway’s leadership and stress research, will help us understand the value of effective leadership in the workplace and what can be done to predict and prevent workplace violence and aggression.