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Job Promotions Unhealthy

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Ambition pushes people at work to succeed, receive praise, and eventually move up in the company. With the promotions and increased responsibilities, people also dream about new cars, bigger homes, more exotic vacations, and perhaps an earlier, more fulfilling retirement. But new research out of Britain showed without a doubt that promotions at work may actually harm the health of people.

Research indicated that the mental health of people worsened with a promotion. The negative effects weren't for the short term, and continued for a long time. Mental strain increased by an average of 10%. In addition, people were more likely to skip visits to the doctor. These people most often cited stress and not enough time because of the new job. The research also showed that a promotion didn't offer any health benefits at all.

Past studies have shown that stress can be a silent and deadly killer. It affects every part of the body. Stress can lead to heart disease, cancer, depression, and even more cases of the common cold. All of this occurs because stress slows or shuts down important bodily functions like digestion, physical growth, and parts of the immune system. Although the negative effects are just temporary if the stress is removed, frequent and severe cases cause the slow down to occur again and again. The effects add up over time.

The findings came from an annual survey which also included information from roughly 1,000 newly promoted people. And although the poor economy and the threat of joblessness are presently large enough to cause stress for some, there's now something else to worry about too: recognition and job promotion.

Preview some of the lesson material:

Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. I love my job!
  2. I am an ambitious person.
  3. I want to get a promotion at work.
  4. Managers have the most stress at work.
  5. Work stresses me out!

True or False?: Guess (before the article) or answer (after the article) whether the sentence is true or false. If false, correct the sentence.

  1. According to the article, ambition directly causes people to become unhealthy.
  2. The health problems lasted only a short time.
  3. Stress causes people to skip visits to the doctor.
  4. Stress affects every part of the body.
  5. Job promotion causes more stress than joblessness.

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. What are some areas that generally cause stress at work? How about areas for you at your job?
  2. Do you agree that the new job responsibilities that come with a promotion are stressful?
  3. Why are some people so ambitious that they seek promotions again and again? Please explain.
  4. Have you ever heard the term "work-life balance?" What do you think it means?
  5. What sort of jobs would cause the most stress? What sort of jobs would cause the least stress?

Google Search: Type "stress" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.

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