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Study Finds Promotions Cause Stress

Have You Ever Regretted Taking a Promotion?

You know that promotion you’ve been gunning for? Turns out that go-getter attitude could be detrimental to your health. According to a recent study from the University of Warwick, a leading university in the UK, promotions give people an average of 10 percent more stress. And since with higher positions come more responsibility and an increased workload, people who've climbed the ladder also have 20 percent less time to visit the doctor.

Promotions are generally considered something to strive for, not something to avoid — but I'm sure at least some of you have been promoted into a position that wasn't all it was cracked up to be. So tell me, have you ever regretted taking a promotion?


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skigurl skigurl 8 years
i was offered a promotion at a job i never meant to keep for longer than 4 months (i was there for a year by the time i got the promo) and i cried! it was the push i needed to get a real job that used my degree
care0531 care0531 8 years
The last time I was offered a promotion I turned it down because I wanted less responsibilites seeing that I was a working mom and wanted a stress free job. I am glad I did because that position was recently eliminated and that person was let go.
BettyRN BettyRN 8 years
Like MrsRachel, I was also flattered that I was good enough for a promotion to management. I soon realized middle management at a hospital is all the accountability with no authority, and the personnel issues were "adult day care". At my request, I'm back in a staff position with less pay and much happier. Not worth the stress!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Yeah, its strange...because at first it is very exciting, "They thought that I was good enough for more! Yippee!" But then things just get rough for a while. I actually requested to switch back to were I was before, and they let me (and they realized how important I was so I kept my pay increase!).
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
Well my boyfriend just recently got a huge promotion to a new job and I'm starting to regret it for him!! he has so much extra stress now, and he has a new commute scheduel that requires him to get up an hour early..and he still rushes to get out the door on time! I agree with this study, it has added extreme stress to him.
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