New Research Suggests That Your Good Looks Might Be Hurting Your Career

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It's tough being a beautiful person.

Newly released research has revealed that men in the workplace are less likely to get promotions if their superiors believe the candidate is more physically attractive than themselves.

Conducted by the University College London's School of Management, the study suggests that while these handsome gents may be considered technically right for a position, they are more likely to be seen a threat to the decision-maker.

While good looking male workers were shown to be more likely to be picked for jobs that involve team performance, where their attractiveness can benefit everyone, they are far less likely to be picked for a more independent competitive role. 

870 volunteers participated in the study, which saw them judge men equally qualified men for various positions with the only real difference in candidates being their physical attractiveness. 

Lead researcher Dr Sun Young Lee commented on the study,

Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so organisations may not get the most competent candidates.

Fortunately for women, however, these dynamics were not seen to come into play.

So men of the workforce, have any of you fallen victim to your own devilish good looks?

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Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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