Press Release August 2009: Beauty Vs Brains

Beauty V's Brains

47% of men claim they would be too distracted to work for an attractive female boss. 53% of women on the other hand confess that working for an attractive male boss would intimidate them.  Showing that for the majority of Brits, the more attractive the boss, the lower the productivity levels.

A study of 1,886 Brits commissioned by, the UK's leading recruitment scoring website, has found that in business, beauty does not bode well. Only 21% of women and 16% of men claim that working for an attractive boss of the opposite sex would not affect them or their work.

47% of men maintain that an attractive female boss would distract them too much, resulting in lower productivity levels and higher testosterone levels! In contrast, 53% of women who work for an attractive male boss claim they would be far too intimidated; getting flustered during one-on-ones, blushing when he catches their gaze and controlling their giggling when he's around.

It seems that for women, avoidance is key, whereas for men this is a chance to show off their intelligence, dress to impress and woo their boss in meetings.

In contrast, when asked how they would feel working for an attractive boss of the same sex, 86% of men admitted they would feel threatened and 61% of women admit that they would feel jealous of their attractive female manager.

Similarly, both men and women (16% and 20% respectively) confess that working for an attractive boss of the same sex would annoy them and only 11% of men and 26% of women claim that an attractive boss of the same sex would not affect them or their productivity in the slightest.

Lisette Howlett, the founder of comments on the findings;

"Regardless of someone's appearance, within the workplace their job title is the only label they should hold. Clearly, someone's appearance should be just as irrelevant as their age, gender or race. This survey demonstrates, however, that the extent to which someone feels comfortable with their manager impacts on their ability to do their jobs.  All managers - super attractive or not - need to establish effective professional relationships with their people. They need to think about their leadership style and impact and develop this so that it works across the board - this includes how they dress, how they mix with their teams, how they project their authority.

"Managers need to deal sensitively with this issue, as with any other issue where something is getting in the way of a productive and effective workplace. It can, however, be more difficult since the manager themselves is the ‘cause' so to speak.  It also raises the very real issue that managers need to maintain a sensible distance between themselves and their staff.  It is fine to sometimes relax and have fun but it must never be forgotten that unless the management/staff relationship is kept professional there will be problems at some point in the working relationship.  If managers earn the respect of their people then at some point their looks will cease to be so relevant"


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