Would you be a jerk at work to get a promotion?
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:39:57 GMT —
Most people say nice guys finish last.
But a new study by three major universities shows men who are "jerks" at work get more attention from supervisors and get paid more than those who play nice guy.
KRCG's Facebook Crew talked with experts Monday to find out what they think about the new study.
Walking through HyVee in Jefferson City, usually all you'll see is smiling faces that are always ready and willing to help you.
But a new study shows that 18-percent of men who are jerks at work get paid and noticed more than those who are nice.
A HyVee manager told me it doesn't pay to be rude or hateful at his store.
He said that kind of attitude doesn't work in retail.
"It might work in the realm of politics or if you're a lawyer somewhere. But in the retail world being a jerk or rude is only pushing your customers to the competition, HyVee Manager Perishables Aaron Garms said.
A Capital Region Psychologist told me if you act different at work then you do anywhere else it could cause you problems in the future.
"Being this mean person at work that doesn't agree with anything and then goes home and tries to act exactly the opposite; could create a disconnect or confusion with your personality, Capital Region Psychologist Colin Duggan said.
Duggan said that he thinks being a jerk at work, can work for some professions, but not all of them.
"I think the profession plays a bigger role than we might think. For example, a lawyer who is cut throat is probably going to have more referrals and more success rather than a lawyer who isn't cut throat, Duggan said.
Duggan suggests that everyone should be themselves at work and do their best to get noticed.
HyVee's Aaron Garms agrees with Duggan and told me all HyVee employees get noticed if they give everything 100-percent effort.
"If you want to be an employee that gets noticed at HyVee you have to have a friendly outgoing attitude. You have to be willing to go the extra mile for a customer or do what it takes to make sure that customer leaves with a smile, Garms said.
The study was done at Cornell University, Notre Dame and Ontario Western University.
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