For some people, the childish cruelty often associated with high school cliques never really goes away. Research published in the journal Human Performance found that these juvenile mindsets, where attractive students are considered popular and unattractive kids are demeaned and bullied, often carries over into the workplace.
The study of 114 employees at a health care facility found that some employees mistreat their less attractive co-workers, saying hurtful things, acting rudely, and otherwise poking fun at them. It also found that employees who are considered attractive get more promotions and are given more prestigious projects to handle. The less attractive are assigned more menial tasks.
Good looks and bad behavior:
- This ongoing immaturity was documented by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. They found that physical attractiveness determined how a person is treated at work.
- Previous research has postulated that attractive people tend to be more self-confident and have higher self-esteem in the business world. They are also perceived as more intelligent and having high moral qualities.
- "Given that physical attractiveness is not a bonafide occupational qualification for most jobs, our new findings are problematic for society," explained researcher Timothy Judge.