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« on: August 11, 2009, 12:40:35 PM »

New research by economics and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick has found that job promotion can result in increased mental strain and leave career climbers with significantly less time to visit the doctors.

The researchers questioned 1,000 workers who had been promoted into supervisory or management roles in the past five years. They were asked about their health, mental wellbeing and if and how they used health services. The results showed no evidence of improved physical health after promotion.

What the researchers did find, however, was evidence of significantly greater mental strain. After a job promotion, on average, mental health deteriorated by 10%.  Those employees promoted at work also reported, on average, a 20% fall in their visits to a doctor following their promotion.  The researchers believe that rather than the decrease in doctor visits being due to improved health, it might actually be that the increased stress levels of promoted workers may simply mean that they have less time to visit a doctor.

University of Warwick researcher, Chris Boyce, said:

“Getting a promotion at work is not as great as many people think.  Our research finds that the mental health of managers typically deteriorates after a job promotion, and in a way that goes beyond merely a short-term change.  There are no indications of any health improvements for promoted people other than reduced attendance at GP surgeries, which may itself be something to worry about rather than celebrate.”
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 02:30:44 PM »

It depends on the nature of the promotion of course.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009, 02:24:09 PM »

In my experience people usually think that grass is greener. They desperately want that promotion and when it comes to them they moan about the added stress and pressure and hark back to how happy they were before the promotion.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 01:46:00 PM »

"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains". (Paul Simon)
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2010, 04:39:04 AM »

This issue can be solve by having a monthly seminar for the employees.The seminar should tackle the effects of over work in the body.The higher the position means greater responsibility.Employees try to maintain or be a model for the lower class giving them much pressure. They pursue the much better life and prioritize things that awaits their children for the future is what tightens the competition for promotion and make them work hard more.
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