Warwick University carried out a poll of 1000 workers who had been promoted in the last five years, and found that on average, each volunteer’s mental health had deteriorated by around 10%. The research is due to be presented next month at the Royal Economic Society’s conference.
The survey revealed that being given more responsibility at work could lead to anxiety and depression, which could eventually also lead to physical health problems. It also showed that there was less time to look after general health, with people visiting GPs 20% less than before their promotion.
Chris Boyce, who lead the research said: “Getting promoted at work is not as great as 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.”