Emotional support cuts absenteeism at work
experiencing the stress of intense workdays might develop a
stomachache or headache, compelling him to take leave of
absence. However, when his supervisor offers emotional support,
he is more likely to recover without needing to take that extra
afternoon or day off, the European Journal of Work and
Organizational Psychology reports.
Michal Biron of
the University of Haifa’s Graduate School of Management,
examined a group of 241 workers in a manufacturing unit in China
for burnout symptoms, where there is significant distance
between supervisor and employee.
Workers were asked
to report headaches or muscle soreness, that they experienced
over the past month and to indicate how often their supervisor
provided them with emotional and instrumental support once they
experienced such symptoms. Data on sickness absence was provided
by the employer. The results showed that support from a
supervisor can make a real difference.
When the boss
offers support in the form of, for example, a lightened work
load or stress management training, it is more likely to keep
the worker from taking sick leave. Because the worker feels more
obliged by keeping their work effort high.
who is given this sort of support is more likely to overcome the
somatic stress and continue to work productively, leaving
recovery for the normal after-work hours when we recharge our
batteries," explains Biron. — IANS