When stress from the workplace spills over into your home life, your family's well-being may suffer, too, new evidence from a recent Los Angeles conference indicates.
"Survey results vary, but you can find that large numbers of individuals report that work is the biggest stress in their life," Michael Ford, an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Albany-State University of New York told HealthDay, a publication of the National Institutes of Health.
Health consequences are wide-ranging -- from mental health problems to depressive symptoms, to cardiovascular disease, obesity and general physical health complaints.
It's hard not to bring that stress home. Then, "When one experiences negative stress/strain, work-life stress, that ends up crossing over to a partner, spouse or children," Leslie Hammer told HealthDay.
Hammer is a professor of psychology at Portland State University in Oregon, and directof of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety and Health.
Bosses are a primary source of work support -- or work stress, research suggests.
Lack of support of the supervisor can also spill over into home life as it affects the mood of workers.
"Sometimes bad bosses post schedules at the last mintue so that people who have family responsibilities have to readjust their lives," Hammer said. "When supervisors basically don't allow for schedule control and control over work, that leads to high levels of stress."
Supervisors can also contribute to a healthy atmosphere at work by demonstrating their own commitment to a work-life balance, Hammer said.
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