Beauty in the Workforce: Does beauty matter in an office job?

The importance given to beauty increases as time goes by. We see beautiful men and women everywhere; in front of Abercrombie and Fitch shops women get in line just to have pictures with the handsome young men, billboards and magazines are covered with people who look incredibly good. Everyone is on a constant search to look better whether it be by losing weight or undergoing plastic surgery. And all of this is because our outlook on beauty has modified over the years. Although the beauty perspective has changed, the fact that attractive people receive more attention remains the same. So does this difference in beauty matter in an office job?

Although some people may still argue with this, the answer is yes. There is no debate that in jobs like news anchoring or modeling attractive people are preferred. However, in office jobs it’s success that counts, or is it? According to the Daily Beast, handsome men earn 5 percent more than their less attractive counterparts and good looking women earn 4 percent more than their less attractive counterparts. And it isn’t only about income; physical appearance matters in one’s employment as well. If there are two applicants applying for the same job with similar resumes, and one of them is more attractive than the other, it is a high possibility that the more attractive candidate will get the employment because they receive more attention. This case may be supported with a University of British Columbia study which says, people are motivated to pay closer attention to beautiful people for many reasons, including curiosity and romantic interests.

On the other hand, in early June, Debrahlee Lorenzana, a 33-year-old woman from Queens, New York, was fired from her desk job at Citibank because she was considered “too hot.” It was discovered that Debrahlee had two breast implants, liposuction and abdominoplasty. She is a fan of plastic surgery and she said “I love plastic surgery… I think it’s the best thing that ever happened.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 13 percent of women and 10 percent of men say they would consider having plastic surgery if it made them more competitive at work. In the highly competitive economy that exist where many people have impressive resumes, managers and bosses begin to look more towards physical appearances when hiring employees.

Although we can never really have an objective outlook on this subject, the answer to the question is yes, beauty does matter in the world of employment because of the society. Although it does not make someone more or less competent to perform a job unless they are working as models or in a similar industry, it is still a contributing factor to occupation.

By Alara Ozsan Beauty BenefitsPicture from: The Regional Internship Center

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