A recent US study has found that workers had a reduced risk of shoulder, neck and back pain when they received higher levels of support from their managers and supervisors. Workers who received low levels of support in terms of work and life/family balance experienced up to twice as much overall work related pain. Supervisors who did not receive support from their own managers were also likely to put more pressure on their workers, showing the potential for compounding negative effects through the workplace hierarchy. Other health issues were also likely to be associated with lack of support.
Support from Managers and Supervisors Reduces Pain