Man in Stress

You may have come across various researches which have stated that unappreciated efforts at work place may have adverse effects on the health of an individual. However, now a latest research has been conducted which states the exact opposite. They have stated that a job promotion may prove to be bad for a person’s mental health! This revolutionary research was undertaken by the experts from the University of Warwick.

These experts set out with the purpose of challenging the assumption that, people with a higher job status usually appear to have a better health. It was earlier strongly presumed that a higher job status, acquired through promotion, could have a major role to play in strengthening an individual’s sense of self worth and control over one’s life. Thus, through this research the present team of researchers wanted to evaluate the authenticity of these claims.

With this aim they withdrew data from the British Household Panel Survey, on about 1000 individual promotions taken place between a particular period of time. It was observed that there was no improvement in the physical health of these people post their promotion. On the contrary it was found that following a job promotion, there was a 10 percent decrease in the mental health of these people.

Chris Boyce, researcher at the University of Warwick, says that, “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.”

Surprisingly, the people who had gotten promoted also seemed to have 20 percent lesser time to consult their doctor. It was stated that the amount of stress that these people may experience may be mainly due to their time constraints, which in turn leaves them with lesser time to consult their doctor.

Their findings are believed to soon be presented at the conference held by the Royal Economic Society.