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

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Bulletins -

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.

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