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A bad boss = miserable employees.

It's not exactly rocket science. But according to The Atlantic, researchers at the Université François-Rabelais in France now have data to show how bad management hurts workers.

In a survey of more than 1,100 employees from various companies, participants were asked about their jobs and general well-being. Unsurprisingly, participants whose bosses had negative management styles were unhappy. Those with controlling bosses rated their overall well-being as low, The Atlantic says.

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By contrast, employees who were given greater autonomy, such as being asked to contribute instead of being ordered, reported a greater sense of well-being.

The Atlantic points out that other recent studies have shown that bad bosses don't just affect people at work, they can also affect employees' home lives and physical health.

A Baylor University study found that partners of individuals who had abusive bosses were more likely to experience tension at home, such as fighting, arguing and irritation or resentment, according to the health site

In an earlier Swedish study, workers who reported having bad bosses were also at greater risk for heart attacks and heart disease. In that study, based on 3,100 male participants, a bad boss was defined as someone who lacks various qualities, including consideration for employees, setting clear goals, having realistic expectations, communication and giving feedback, and delegating authority, said.

"Hopefully, as more studies support the connection [between employees' satisfaction and their bosses' behaviour] more companies will come to realize how much the attitudes of their supervisors can affect the well-being – and, likely, productivity – of their workers," The Atlantic says.

Have you ever had a bad boss? If so, how did you deal with him or her?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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