What do co-workers think when someone they work with acts sexy on the job? Does it help a person to succeed?
According to a recent study conducted by Tulane University, women who exhibit sexy behavior on the job - such as wearing revealing clothes, flirting in person or through email, or massaging a male coworker's shoulders--may be losing out on promotions and raises.
The study surveyed 164 female MBA graduates who had been in the workforce for 12 years. 49% of those admitted (remarkably) that they had tried to advance their careers by being sexy.
The women who said they never engaged in sexy behavior had earned an average of three promotions. Women who said they had engaged in sexy behavior had earned only two promotions.
Women who did not engage in the sexy behavior earned an average of $75,000-$100,000; the sexy women earned an average of $50,000-$75,000.
The study didn't include any theories as to why sexy women receive fewer promotions and pay raises. Perhaps their bosses don't take them seriously, seeing their blatant sexy behavior as an attempt to get ahead through less-than-ethical means.
In any event, if you're a woman (or a man, for that matter) who has the misguided notion that flirting with your boss or dressing in revealing clothes will give you a boost up the corporate ladder, maybe you better think again.
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