Joined: Jan 10
Posted: 20 May 2010, 15:00
Saw this in a discussion posted on a business networking site...I read in a recent study, conducted by the University of Sydney (Australia), it has been found that as far as wages, it appears that size really does matter.
The study has shown that a 6-foot tall man earns $960 more on average per year, when compared to his colleagues who are just two inches shorter.
The study suggests that taller men earn more because they are perceived to be far more influential at work than shorter people. We often respect taller people more because they have a higher self esteem. Higher self esteem results in better communication skills and often taller people tend to appear more charismatic. Why is that? The explanation is simple – self esteem develops in adolescent years and then has an effect for the rest of the person’s life. Kids with a higher self esteem are more likely to join social groups where they will learn to interact and network with people (a skill that is very important in the business environment).
Andrew Leigh, the economist conducting the study, reports:
“After controlling for age, height, region and family background, participation in athletics is associated with an 11.4 percent increase in adult wages, and participation in every club other than athletics is associated with a 5.1 percent increase in wages.”
Gender also plays a role. For example, a 6-foot tall feet man can expect a 1.5% higher income compared to their average workmate, who is 5 feet 10 inches. However, according to the same studies, a woman would need an additional 4 inches in height to get a similar increase in earnings.
Not surprisingly, people who are overweight earn significantly less than their thinner peers. According to another study from the Cornell University, when white females gain 64 extra pounds, their wages drop 9%. The study explains that subconsciously, extra weight (especially in women) could provoke negative stereotypes like carelessness and laziness.
Attractive people are usually more productive at work because they are more respected and are more persuasive, which is critical in any workplace. The truth is – attractive people are more likely to get a raise or a promotion.
Of course, all such studies are based on averages. A shorter person can certainly beat the odds, and someone with a couple of extra pounds can still be the best pro in their field.
So why do we tend to put so much emphasis on the looks?
You may disagree with this and think that a person’s physical appearance has no business at work. I agree however, consider this: the stereotypes and our way of thinking in the Western world have been shaped thousands of years ago by the Romans, who even had a saying: “Mens sana in corpore sano” (“A sound mind in a health body”).
Even though today we have many anti-discrimination laws, two-thousand-year-old stereotypes are not easy to break.
Perception in the eye of the perceiver is reality
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!
Joined: Jan 09
Posted: 20 May 2010, 15:11
It's all true and sad. I'm sure a lot of recent success I have had, I would not have had at my previous weight. People judge you based on a lot of things- very few of them have to do with your job performance. I mean, come on. I sit behind a desk all day. What difference does it make what I look like? A lot of difference, apparently.
This used to really bother me. It should not be like that. I should be able to have tattoos and purple hair. As long as I do my job well, what difference does it make? But it makes a huge difference. Now that I "look the part" I'm getting a lot of opportunities I never got before. So I have accepted this as one of life's sad truths. I'll cover my tattoos and keep up my "professional" appearance if that's what I have to do to get the respect I deserve.
The argument I've heard againt hiring obese people is that we (they, I guess since I'm no longer obese) will take more sick time due to poor health. Which is also BS. I've never been sick in 4+ years at my company. My skinny office neighbor is constantly ill. Preconceptions about obese people- like that we're sick or lazy- make me very angry. I'm actually less dedicated to my job now that I'm thinner- because I'm also dedicated to working out!
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