In just this year alone, I've come
across stories/studies that show people get fired for being too
attractive, are hated for being too attractive and just flat out have
lousy lives because of how good looking they are.
It appears the pretty people have
decided to fight back.
In a study by Notre Dame and Michigan
State University (have no idea why it took two schools to do this),
it was discovered that if you're, shall we say, considered less
than attractive, your days of being bullied probably didn't end
when you finished high school.
Basically, it was this: ugly people are
more likely to be bullied on the job, be passed over for promotions
and be the first on the firing block when things go bad. Because we
all want a pretty work place, I suppose.
I read about the study on the Forbes
website and it said 114 workers at a health care facility were asked
how often co-workers mistreated them. Then another group of people,
who didn't know the first group, were asked to rate the
attractiveness of the 114 workers.
The result showed that the workers
ranked the least attractive were also the ones who most reported
being treated cruelly at work.
I know what you're thinking. You get
treated bad at work all the time and you're a fine looking person.
I know. I have the same experiences.
I have no problem believing there will
be mistreatment when you put together a large number of people in an
enclosed space. And no matter how big the health facility, 114 people
is a large number to expect a lot of tolerance from.
But the study goes on to say we give
preferential treatment to attractive people. Now, that's something
we all do in real life. Men rush to do whatever a pretty girl asks
and women laugh at anything a handsome man says, no matter how
When it comes to the business world,
where this study was held, ranking somebody above another person
based simply on looks can be extremely dangerous.
I'm sure everybody has had at least
one experience (probably many) where you go into a business of some
kind and when you left you were thinking, "My God, what an idiot! No doubt they got that job because of their looks!"
Now, be honest. Did you ever go back to
that business? And if you did, did you try to find somebody who knew
what they were doing no matter what they looked like?
This is really just another way of
saying we like pretty things. We hopefully don't make big decisions
based on whether or not something, or someone, is pretty, but let's
be honest. We never really change that much from the five year old
who grabs the first shiny thing we see.
So, what do you do when your business
begins to slide downhill (looking stunning as it does so)? The study
says to be aware of what you're doing. Does that mean all the
pretty people get fired? Yes, that would mean the unemployment office
would be a much more visually pleasing place, but nobody likes a
You could try training all those
gorgeous people and have the best of both worlds, but improving
people who have skated by on their looks is never an easy task.
But the main problem, that of good
looking people reliving their high school days by picking on the less
facially blessed, has a simple solution, and is one that would have
worked as well in high school.
Stand up for yourself. These people
don't really have all that much going on. When you never have to
work or struggle for anything, growth of any kind pretty much stops.
It can be depressingly easy to make a "beautiful person" feel
And anyway, remember that beauty is in
the eye of the beholder. I assume you're married, so at least one
person finds you attractive, and that's really all you need.
And if nothing else, just shake your
fist in their face. They don't want their money maker messed up.
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