How often do YOU misjudge someone...because of their appearance and their apparent attitude?
As I found out today, it's so easy to do, no matter how sophisticated you are or think you are.
You can say this is understandable, especially when you consider the following pieces of research into how our appearance can help or hinder our progress in our work lives:
The TALLER you are the MORE you get paid: A 2004 study by Timothy Judge at the University of Florida found that for every inch of height, a tall worker can expect to earn an extra $789 per year. That means two equally skilled coworkers would have a pay differential of nearly $5,000 per year, simply because of a 6-inch height differential, according to the study.
The FATTER you are the LESS you get paid: Obese workers (those who have a Body Mass Index of more than 30) are paid less than normal-weight coworkers at a rate of $8,666 a year for obese women, and $4,772 a year for obese men, according to a George Washington University study that cited data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 2004. And other studies indicate obese women are even more likely to be discriminated against when it comes to pay, hiring and raises.
The more you WORK OUT the MORE you get paid: According to a study in the Journal of Labor Research, workers who exercise regularly earn nine percent more on average than employees who don’t work out. The study from Cleveland State University claims people who exercise three or more times a week earn an average of $80 a week more than their slothful coworkers.
The more MAKEUP women wear the MORE they get paid: Not only do people judge beauty based on how much makeup a woman is wearing, make-up adorned women also rank higher in competence and trustworthiness, according to a study funded by Procter & Gamble, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A study in the American Economic Review said women who wear make-up can earn more than 30% more in pay than non-makeup wearing workers.
The more HANDSOME you are the MORE you get paid: A Yale University study finds employers pay a beauty premium to attractive employees. The beautiful workers earn an average of roughly 5% more, while unattractive employees can miss out on up to almost 9%, according to the study.
Still, you can always be surprised by who people REALLY are underneath...and, no matter how sophisticated they might appear to be, that they can invariably have privately buried issues about how good or bad they are.
They just use their appearance to fool you.
How easily are YOU fooled?