There are a number of factors that affect employees’ overall well-being and, consequently, the amount their employers spend on health care costs.  Not surprisingly their work environment, specifically the conditions created by their immediate supervisors, play a big role.

While addressing manager behavior seems like a difficult–if not impossible–task, research has identified two main components of manager-employee relationships that can have a tremendous impact on workplace stress levels and employees’ physical and mental health.

1.  The ratio of job demands to the amount of support workers receive to help them deal with their work requirements

2.  The relationship between the effort required to do a job and the rewards bestowed on those who perform it well

Read the entire article here to learn more about how improving these balances can affect employees’ blood pressure and lower their risk of heart disease, as well as how the company’s bottom line can benefit from improved employee health.