Train Overtime for More Pay and Gains
At a time when getting a raise is a bit of a push, earning a physical edge over your colleagues could pay dividends
Pay reviews with the boss are unlikely to have borne fruit in recent months – such is the state of business. But thanks to research from the Universities of Strathclyde in Glasgow and Potsdam, Germany, there’s a new route to a heavyweight bank balance. Size, it seems, does matter. Examining 15,000 men and their BMIs, the study found underweight individuals earn up to 8% less than men who top the upper end of the “healthy” category.
Although the effect was prominent in blue-collar jobs, the trend also rang true in the upper echelons of corporate business. Science has investigated links between the physical and the financial before – The University of Texas found attractive people earn up to 4% more – though this is the first time muscle mass alone has been studied.
Although the intricacies remain unclear, it seems that the aura of confidence exuded by the physically strong earns them preferential treatment from their superiors. Whether that’s because they are subconsciously intimidated, or just want to be your gym buddy, won’t count come pay day.