If this sounds familiar, instead of more screaming, a solution might be as simple as suggesting your boss hit the gym. No, not because they need to lose weight (you should make that clear), but rather because study after study has found exercise to be one of the best ways to relieve stress. In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology found that the Corporate Chain of Screaming is a real phenomenon — bosses really do take workplace stress out on their employees — and all that screaming can be soothed by a session at the gym.
In the study, which was conducted at the University of Northern Illinois, 98 employees and their supervisors completed questionnaires, rating how abusive they found their bosses to be. Supervisors answered questions about workplace stress, rating agreement or disagreement to statements such as "working my current job leaves me little time for other activities," or "I have too much work and too little time to do it in."
Researchers concluded that when supervisors were stressed, their employees felt more victimized. However, when bosses sweated out their frustrations with regular exercise, their subordinates reported lower levels of abuse from their bosses.
This study offers a fresh take on exercising to reduce stress, which is nothing new. A study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, found that vigorous exercise a few times a week significantly reduced chronic stress in women. Another study at the University of Missouri found that 30 minutes of daily moderate exercise was the most effective way to reduce the high-level stress and anxiety that can lead to heart disease.