Is being too nice making you skint?

14 July 2009

Alpha females

Alpha females who conduct their careers like men earn £40,000 more over their working lives, according to a new study called Does It Pay To Be Nice? from the Institute of Employment Research in Germany. It seems that conscientiousness, decisiveness and persistence pay, but the big factor that stops women getting to the top is being too nice. Research found that the more agreeable you are, the more likely you are to be passed over for promotion. Hmph. But don't get the hump: if you come across as neurotic or moody in the office, you're pretty much asking to be paid less. Unbelievably, men who display these personality traits don't suffer any negative impact on their salary. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why the pay gap between men and women is still 12.8 per cent. So should we be thinking twice before offering our workmates a cup of tea? What do you think? Let us know below...

- Kate Faithfull


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