Overweight employees earn less than their narrower employees, a new LinkedIn survey was found. The results suggest social prejudices if a person's weight can be translated into pay differentials.
LinkedIn found UK workers classified as obesity based on their body mass index, which on average reached 2,500 USD a year than colleagues who had a healthy BMI (the ratio between a person's weight and height).
The researchers said that gender equality also exists between men and women of the same importance. Obese and obese women apparently earned $ 11,500 less than overweight or obese men.
Workers also linked their perceptions to their overall career development. The study found:
- One in four who are obese felt that they missed job jobs and promotion because of their weight.
- One in three overweight workers felt the same way.
- 43% of the obese workers said that narrower colleagues developed faster than they did.
- 28% of the workers overall said they received offensive comments about their weight from a coworker or boss.
"The LinkedIn community has a number of groups and discussions about this topic," said Ngaire Moyes, a spokesman for LinkedIn. Moyes expressed dissatisfaction that this kind of discrimination is still in the workplace.
"We hope more members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of how it affects them and how size displacement can be solved," said Moyes.