Dam­ag­ing ef­fects of a pro­mo­tion

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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

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