Promotion is Bad For Your Health

After putting long hours at work and navigating the treacherous waters of office politics, you've finally landed that promotion you've been after - but is it good for you?

Not according to this study by economic and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick in England. They found that job promotions can be downright dangerous to your health:

Economics and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick in England found that promotion produces 10% more mental strain and leaves up to 20% less time to visit the doctor in the event of illness.

The team tested the widely held assumption that an improvement in job status leads to better health due to an increased sense of self-worth.

Using data collected in Britain on about 1,000 individual promotions from 1991 to 2005, they found no evidence of improved physical health after promotion. But they did find that people thrust into more senior jobs suffered significantly greater mental strain.


So, would it be an act of compassion for your boss to deny you that promotion? ;)

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I wouldn't worry about this one. According to the whitehall studies ( and others, this kind of "mental strain" doesn't have any health risks and the "event of illness" is less probable. In general, promotion will increase your health.
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Not a surprise. Even though they get paid a lot more, those promoted and into senior positions suffer a lot more stress. They are the ones that get the most heat from those above them for any perceived failures for company objectives. They are the "filters."
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