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Definitely Not Suitable For A Promotion

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Negative perceptions of stress tolerance are associated with a history of job burnout.

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A history of burnout is most detrimental to promotion prospects, according to research published in European Sociological Review.

In an experiment, researchers from Ghent University asked 405 British and American managers to advise whether or not they would select fictitious employees for a promotion on the job. A total of 1,620 promotion candidates were assessed and some had an interruption of their working record. The explanation for their gaps in working history varied from burnout, parental leave, to sick leave following an accident.

Employees with a history of burnout had the lowest chances at being selected for a promotion.

The results confirm that there are several stigmatizing perceptions surrounding burnout syndrome. In particular, managers expect formerly burned-out employees to be less stress-resistant, possess fewer leadership capacities, and set a bad example for others.

From Ghent University
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