Study says unattractive co-workers targeted by bullies
Published: August 2, 2013 / Author: Claire Thalken
Yesterday, Business Week reported that bullying, a behavior we’d like to think ceased in high school, does carry over into adult life. A new study suggests that people considered unattractive by peers are often targets of workplace ridicule.
The study, conducted by Brent A. Scott of Michigan State University and Timothy A. Judge of the University of Notre Dame, involved over 100 professionals in the health-care industry. First, test subjects were rated based on physical attractiveness by peers otherwise unaware of the study.
Without the results disclosed to test subjects, they were asked to what degree “their co-workers treated them in an uncivil manner at work.” All subjects rated as unattractive had experienced some sort of abuse at the hands of coworkers.
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