You should set your heart on a promotion because success will help keep it ticking

Yep, The Boss has said Hekia will keep her job as Minister of Education. Too bad (from a highly selfish viewpoint).

This means some other Beehive Big-wig is going to have bugger things up enough to get the Press Gallery in a tizz and cause John Key to consider a reshuffle of his executive team.

Getting a ministerial job has become more important than before to the hard-working member for Eketahuna North.

It’s not just a matter of the bigger pay packet, the chauffeur-driven car and what-have-you.

It could be a matter of life and death.

Alf reiterates his anxiety to get a promotion after learning from the Daily Mail that –

Nailing a promotion could be the key to avoiding heart disease, researchers have discovered.

Employees working in offices with high rates of promotion are less likely develop the condition than those with fewer prospects, claim researchers at University College London.

The findings suggest that experiencing the ‘favourable shock’ of climbing on to the next rung of the ladder is good for your health.

According to the Daily Mail, people working in departments with double the promotion rate had about a 20 per cent lower chance of being diagnosed with heart disease over the 15 year period.

The study was published in the Economic Journal.

Conducted by Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology at UCL, and Michael Anderson, from the University of California, Berkeley, it examined the employment histories of 4,700 Whitehall civil servants over 15 years.

Sir Michael is quoted as saying –

‘The big plus of the study is that it makes clear that the causal direction is from social position to health, not from health to social position: people in higher socioeconomic positions have better health.

‘Put together with a large body of other literature there is little question that, for individuals, achieving higher socioeconomic position is good for health.

‘Promotion is one mechanism of upward social mobility. Upward social mobility is good for health.’

The Daily Mail notes there has been considerable research into the effect that health has on success in work.

Past studies have found that Oscar winners outlive runners-up, Nobel laureates outlive nominees who do not win and baseball players who reach the Hall of Fame outlive those who fall just short.

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