My friends, if it seems that attractive people have everything handed to them or are able to move up the career ladder faster, receiving raises faster, having promotions or increased praise. Well their, just may be some truth to that. In 2018, the website RateMyProfessor.com, which allows college students to review their professors, dropping its “Red Hot Chili Pepper” rating following social-media backlash contending that it objectified professors, women in particular. Interpreted as a “hotness” scale, which helped give more-attractive professors higher overall ratings, the Hot Chili Pepper was a prime example of the correlation between Beauty and success.
However, the question is, do looks equate to success? Potentially. From professors too CEOs to politicians, it seems that no career path is exempt from the idea that perceived attractiveness could influence one’s success in the workplace compared to subjectively “less attractive”co-workers. In his book Beauty pays Mr Daniel Hamermesh, who is an economist and distinguished scholar at Barnard College, has evaluated how looks does indeed influence pay, raises and expectations in the U.S. work-place.
For example, Hamermesh’s research states that workers who are perceived to be good-looking will earn an average of 5% more per year than the average-looking man or women, wow employees considered unattractive can actually miss out on up to 9%. This beauty-base ideology can even be narrowed down to specific physical characteristics.
For example, a University of Florida study concluded that for every additional inch of height, a tall employee can earn, (this is going to blow your mind) an average of $789 extra per year. If you exercise regularly, you could earn 9% more on average than workers who don’t make it to the gym at all, according to a recent report in the Journal of Labor Research. Even blinds, yes, may have more fun, economically speaking, in a 2010 study from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia found that of 13 thousand Caucasian women, the blondes earned at least 7% more than non-blondes.
But why, why, does success seem to favor all the head-turners over more ordinary counterparts? Well, centuries ago, it was a common belief that good-looking people were more reproductively fit, which made them innately healthier. However, that’s not true anymore; the so-called ugly people are just as healthy as the so-called good-looking people, but we still have in our minds that somehow good looks are beneficial and therefore we are attracted to them, Hamermesh says.
Economists have also theorized that beautiful people appear more self-confident than their homelier counterparts, which could appear more to employers and colleagues alike. Gender, may also play a role in how looks May influence success. Beauty Pays points out that a man who is considered to be handsome, could make up to 13% more over his career than his less attractive co-worker. According to Hamermesh, the effects of this beauty first mindset might be more detrimental for men than for a women in a society that always expects more men than women to occupy the workplace.
Women, he says, are more likely to opt out of working than men, so they are less likely to feel the negativity effects of their appearance. Women are far from immune, however, my friends, a recent report from George Washington University found that in terms of weight, obese women were paid on average $4,879 less per year than normal weight co-workers, (wow) an obese man made on average $2,646 less than their normal-weight counterparts. And still, while a 2016 study shows a 20% pay boost for more-attractive people, it is also revealed that women who wears makeup and styles their hair and wear nice clothing make 20% more than their less groomed counterparts.
On the contrary, a study in 2019 described the “femme fatale” effect, which shows some real evidence that attractive women in the workplace are seen as being less truthful, and not being trustworthy, and more worthy of being fired. In the evolving landscape of LinkedIn profile picture and Skype interviews, employers can immediately see what potential hires looks like, even sometimes before reading through their resumes. Studies have yet to confirm whether this exacerbated this phenomenon.
So it’s very unclear, as of now if your LinkedIn photo could be costing you a job or if your appearance on a Skype conference call could be the underlying determining factor behind your latest promotion. However, Hamermesh believe it just may be possible. Given that people do want beauty, by putting their beauty up front, in some cents it saves time for people, he says.
For an example, a job candidate strolling into an office with unkempt hair, a scraggly looking beard and an ill-fitting wrinkled suit could be plucked from the list of candidates before even coming in to the office, if employers can identify those red flags in his or her LinkedIn profile picture. This preliminary looks based screening might also enhance the importance of beauty in people’s minds, says Hamermesh.
He’s skeptical that our innate gravitation to attractive people will change anytime soon, so boys and girls in the meantime, what can those of us who aren’t the Red Hot Chili Peppers do to stand out in the workplace? Anything says Hamermesh. Accentuate the things that you are good at and that you enjoyed really doing. Put the best foot forward.
I am sure most of us have witnessed some of these things. My advice to everyone is to be the best that you can be in your field. Believe in your abilities and never give up, no matter what. Always look for ways to improve your knowledge in what you are doing, and always keep in mind failure has value, as long as you allow yourself to recognize and understand that value.
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