A recent study carried out by Stockholm University has found that in the 4 years after receiving a promotion, we are more likely to have stress related health issues and suffer depression. A study of 1,400 men and 2,000 women over a period of 6 years, found that people who have been promoted are more likely to be depressed.
The office for national statistics found that 43% of all working days lost due to sickness were caused by stress, and this totalled to 9.9 million working days lost from 2014-2015!
The volunteers of the study were asked questions to assess their level of depression and asked to rate their overall general health throughout the 6 years. The university found that after a promotion the health effects lasted up to 4 years. It is thought that this is because, with a promotion there are greater responsibilities, longer hours and less leisure time to be enjoyed. The study also suggests that the health effects may start to improve between 4 and 8 years after the promotion.
Some workplace stress is normal and is to be expected, it is all par for the course. It has shown to be beneficial to an employee’s performance and provides some motivation. It is when there is so much workplace stress that it is starting to be detrimental to your health. Stress can cause high blood pressure and this can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Promotions aren’t for everyone, and we aren’t all capable of coping with the higher demands and the longer hours. So, before you accept a promotion, make sure it is the right thing for you. It may mean a bigger pay, but it may also mean more stress!
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