Supervisor Workplace Stress and Abusive Supervision: The Buffering Effect of Exercise
Moderate levels of physical exercise can reduce stress and associated abusive behaviour of supervisors towards staff.
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.
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.
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.