Researchers from the University College London's School of Management found that the more attractive a man is perceived to be in the workplace, the less likely his male colleagues will be willing to promote him.
Basically the more attractive a man is, the more he is seen as a threat. This leaves the good-looking men overlooked for those high-ranking positions requiring individual talent, leaving them for roles that are more team-oriented.
"Organizations want to hire competent candidates but individuals have their own agenda," said Dr. Sun Young Lee, a lead researcher, to The Telegraph. "When employing someone, they do not want the newcomer to do better than them and show them up."
In the study, individuals reviewed cover letters for candidates who had the same level of experience but whose photographs were all different.
The same cannot be said for women in their careers. The study found that a women's attractiveness was not associated with how competent she was in obtaining a position. In fact, having a more youthful appearance and being taller and slimmer can work in a woman's favor.
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