Do you still believe that career success is achieved by hard work, professionalism and perseverance? I hasten to disappoint you: obtain high positions and the salary depends not only on the business and working qualities, but also on the appearance – attractive people are easier to take on the job, they get faster promotion and higher salaries than their counterparts who are not so lucky with the physical data.
It’s possible that beautiful people do better for their companies – for example, a Professor of evolutionary biology and neurobiology at the University of Chicago Dario Maestripieri believes that they bring companies greater profit and, as a consequence, we can expect even higher remuneration. We can suspect that external data play an important role for employees engaged in sales, as well as for those involved in business negotiations. But how useful to their company of a cute programmer or irresistible girl writer? Most likely, the external data here should not play a significant role – as for many other “soldier”, whose operations are not tied to constant communication with customers and partners. However, their salaries are higher on average, and it’s in evolutionary psychology.
According to Maestripieri, people are better disposed towards cute colleagues of the opposite sex because subconsciously I consider them potentially more attractive sexual partners. As a result, they tend to communicate with them more often than not, and make them all sorts of gifts: the lesser of two contenders for a promotion, and not very nice, boss-man, no doubt, will prefer the first if between them there is a qualitative difference in ability. Beautiful people seem to be around more colorful personalities surrounding inclined to attribute to them the mind, the ability to communicate and other skills that are important from a business point of view.
However, the difference between the “beautiful swans” and “ugly ducklings” may not be so important: according to the estimates of Daniel Hamermesh, Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, the first earn on average 3-4% more than the second. In addition, as stressed by Hamermesh, beauty – the concept is not just relative: she often take a well-groomed appearance, which can talk about the self-esteem of a person. And those who have a higher opinion usually requires and higher salaries. It turns out that the lack of visual appeal can more than compensate for the confidence: remember that a great many historical figures who held the highest posts – from Caesar to Napoleon, from Genghis Khan to Lenin, was not handsome.