Does it pay to be a beyotch?

Does it pay to be a beyotch?

assertiveness and confidence is the only way to get ahead in this world.

take Sue Sylvester.

As Madonna once said, I’m tough, I’m ambitious and if that makes me a bitch, that’s what I am. Pretty sure she stole that line from Sue Sylvester. No, really. I said it first. “

what a sweetheart. what a role model. we love her so much, we gave Jane Lynch the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy. i mean, how can you not honor the woman who says everything we wish we could say?

so the question of the day is: does it pay to be a bitch?

one UK study says yes. in the paper, “Does it Pay to be Nice?”, researchers found that ‘alpha females’ earned 4% more than their ‘passive’ co- workers.

what’s more: the study, which involved over 5,000 participants, found that while personality traits were just as important as intelligence in determining a female’s salary, it had almost no baring on a man’s earning potential.

“our statistics show that being nice does not pay for women, whereas working hard does,” says Guido Heineck.”this is probably, in part, because agreeable people are too passive in conflict situations and are poorer wage negotiators. traditionally, women are more passive and likable at work. this shows that to be successful in the workplace, women have to adapt to more alpha male-like behaviour.”

but of course, not everyone agrees with that statement. in a more recent study done in the US, women who took an aggressive approach experienced less promotion, while those who self monitored their masculine behavior got more promotion than both men and other women.

researchers from George Mason University gathered 80 MBA students to fill out questionnaires about their personality traits. eight years later, they did a follow up to find out how their careers were going, and as it turns out, ‘macho’ women had been promoted less often than their more ‘feminine’ counterparts. meanwhile, self awareness, or lack thereof, did not affect the fledgling careers of men.

“although masculine women are seen as more competent than feminine women, they are also seen as less socially skilled and, consequently, less likable and less likely to get promoted,” says Dr. Olivia O’Neill. “our research shows that self-monitoring this behavior can have beneficial effects for masculine women, leading to more promotions and success in the workplace.”

i think Sue would beg to differ.

in fact, i think she’d say this study was crap, and heck, only involved 80 individuals compared to the former of 5,000. then she’s say something like, “oh I will bring it, William. you know what else i’m gonna to bring? i’m gonna bring some Asian cookery to wipe your head with. cause right now you’ve got enough product in your hair to season a wok.”

what’s your experience been? 

do more women in your office get ahead by “acting like a man” or by being a lady? why do you think that is?

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