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Supervisor Workplace Stress and Abusive Supervision: The Buffering Effect of Exercise

Key Message

Moderate levels of physical exercise can reduce stress and associated abusive behaviour of supervisors towards staff.

Source

Burton, James P. , Hoobler, Jenny M. and Scheuer, Melinda L. (2012) Supervisor Workplace Stress and Abusive Supervision: The Buffering Effect of Exercise. Journal of Business and Psychology. Online first.

Purpose

Examines how supervisor stress is associated with employee-rated abusive supervision. In addition, the premise that higher levels of physical exercise by supervisors can buffer the negative effects of stress on their relationship with their subordinates is tested.


A matched sample of 98 employed individuals and their direct supervisors was used to test the hypotheses.

Evidence

Results suggest that increased levels of supervisor-reported stress are related to the increased experience of employee-rated abusive supervision. The relationship between supervisor stress and abusive behavior can be diminished when supervisors engage in moderate levels of physical exercise.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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