Study Says Being Too Handsome Can Hurt A Man’s Career

The struggle is real for men who were born too handsome for their own good.

According to a new study carried out by researchers at University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland, handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are therefore less likely to be given roles that showcase their individual talents as a result.

Researchers carried out four separate experiments in four different offices, according to the Daily Mail. According to their findings, when men were hiring other men to work with them, their decision was negatively affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job. However, women’s perceived attractiveness did not prevent them from being desirable additions to the boardroom.

“Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so organizations may not get the most competent candidates” said professor Sun Young Lee, lead researcher at the University of Maryland. “With more companies involving employees in recruitment processes, this important point needs attention. Awareness that hiring is affected by potential work relationships and stereotyping tendencies can help organizations improve their selection processes.”