Promotions cause as much stress as a “divorce”!
Seeking promotion? Think again, as it may give you a divorce like stress.Updated:
Everyone wants a promotion at work. However, getting it may not be such a good thing after all, for a new survey has found that it causes as much stress as a “divorce”.
The survey was conducted by training consultant DDI who polled 600 managers, and found that nearly half were unable to cope with the extra work that had been piled on them ever since they had risen from their junior position.
DDI’s managing director, Steve Newhall, revealed that the reason why getting a promotion takes such a toll on a person is because after the initial elation wears off, there comes the hard-hitting reality that you are “on your own”. <b1>
"It's a familiar story. You work really hard to get that promotion and you're excited about your new role. Then suddenly reality hits home: you are on your own, unsure of what is expected of you, missing aspects of your previous role that you had finally mastered, without your trusted network of colleagues, and politics rife amongst your new peer group whom you struggle to engage with," the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.
He added that though most people struggle to cope with the same feelings of loss and loneliness, there was rarely any support system to help them cope with it.
"Yet, despite the familiarity of this story, the scale of personal change required is rarely acknowledged, let alone adequately supported, leading to 'transition anxiety'" he added.
First Published: Feb 12, 2007 17:20 IST