A promotion at work might be good for the bank balance but bad for your health, according to research by the University of Warwick.

Economics and psychology researchers found that promotion on average produces 10 per cent more mental strain and gives up to 20 per cent less time to visit the doctors.

Chris Boyce and Prof Andrew Oswald questioned why people with higher job status seem to have better health. The researchers tested a long-held assumption that an improvement to a person’s job status, through a promotion, will directly result in better health due to an increased sense of life control and self-worth.

Mr Boyce said: “Getting a promotion at work is not as great as many 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.

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