Damaging effects of a promotion
GETTING a promotion may boost your bank balance, but research suggests it could damage your health.
Men and women who get bumped up the career ladder complain of being sicker and more depressed after taking on their new responsibilities.
The damaging effects last for up to four yeas. After that, health starts to improve as workers adapt to their new roles. Experts think promotion may trigger adverse effects on health in the short term, but prove beneficial in the long run. Stockholm University researchers studied 1400 men and 2000 women in Sweden for six years. The volunteers were asked to rate their general health on a scale ranging from very good to very bad. They were also asked questions designed to gauge their levels of depression.
Those promoted within the previous two to four years were more likely to report declining health.
Men were more likely to suffer mental health problems, while women were more prone to work-induced physical illness.
Professor Sir Cary Cooper, an expert in organisational psychology at Manchester Business School, said: “Being promoted often means longer hours and greater responsibilities, which can take a toll on your health until you eventually adjust to it. Not everyone is suited to promotion.” – Mail On Sunday