Study finds that handsome men have a more difficult time getting jobs

A Study Shows Handsome Men Might Not Have It So Easy
A Study Shows Handsome Men Might Not Have It So Easy


We've all heard that attractive men do better in the workplace, but a new study found that good looking males may have trouble getting into the office in the first place.Previous studies' findings reinforced the existence of a "beauty bias" in the workplace; handsome men statistically make more money, are more likely to get that promotion and are often seen as more competent than their less aesthetically-pleasing colleagues. Business Insider reported that "attractive people make 12% to 14% more money than unattractive people."

However, according to researchers at the University of Maryland, attractive men have greater difficulty getting jobs in a competitive environment.

"When you think someone is going to be your ally in the workplace, you want to hire the most competent ally," said NPR's Shankar Vedantam on Monday's episode of Morning Edition. "And since people unconsciously think good-looking men are going to be competent, they hire the good-looking guy. On the other hand, if you think someone's going to be a competitor, you don't want your competitors to be very competent, so you reject the good-looking guy because the bias tells you that good-looking men are going to be competent."

The example the study's author Marco Pitesa likes to use is "the salesman." While employees technically work together, they're also competing for sales.

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