A representational image of men and women at a workplace. — Pixabay

A new study shows that men benefit more from their looks than females do in the workplace.

The study, published in the journal Social Science Quarterly, as reported by CNBC, negated the common notion that females use their looks to their advantage in the workplace.

The researchers found that attractive women had a slight advantage over other women deemed less attractive, and somewhat more so for those deemed the least attractive.

However, the males saw the greatest difference. 

Those males deemed the most attractive as a group did better than those deemed average, who in turn did better than those who were rated as the least attractive, demonstrating that attractiveness, at least for males, plays a significant role in workplace success.

According to Phys.org, other research has shown that many of the characteristics people use to describe strong, capable leaders are masculine.

“It’s not a coincidence that a large number of United States presidents have been men who are over six feet tall,” says Jennie Blumenthal, the chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the leadership consulting company Corporate Rehab.

 “Women are automatically at a disadvantage because we tend to assume that someone stronger, taller, and more attractive than their peers is more capable of leading.”

In other words, being an attractive woman is incompatible with the ingrained stereotypes and expectations people might hold for business leaders.

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