Talent and personality may not be as important in career development as one’s appearance according to studies examining the impact of looks and grooming in the workplace.
Professor Daniel Hammermesh of the University of Texas has found that men considered to be good looking earn an average of 17 percent more than less attractive men. For women the difference was 12 percent. Combined this equates to $230,000 additional income over a lifetime.
Despite your looks, grooming can further impact your workplace acceptance. According to the pollster Manta, 40 percent of employees find sloppy grooming to be their biggest pet peeve. But it goes beyond personal grooming; the third most often cited pet peeve was a messy desk.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.