“Although we like to think we’re professional and mature in the workplace, it can be just like high school in many ways,” said lead investigator Brent Scott, associate professor of management at Michigan State University. Scott, along with his colleague Timothy Judge from the University of Notre Dame, analyzed the responses of 114 workers from a health care facility in the southeastern part of the United States.
Participants were asked if they had experienced any cruel behavior from co-workers such as being made fun of, having hurtful things said about them or being treated in a rude manner. Spouses and people close to the workers were given questionnaires to gauge how agreeable or friendly they were. A second group of study participants were shown digital photos of the first group and were asked to rate their attractiveness.
- Mean, Ugly Employees More Likely To Be Targets Of Workplace Bullying (embargozone.com)