As it turned out, the results of Hot or Not: Science-ish Edition confirmed that those workers deemed less attractive also rated their treatment at the hands of their coworkers most harshly. Age, gender, and length of employment were “taken into account,” according to the release from Michigan State University, and found to not be a factor. “Frankly, it’s an ugly finding,” punned Brent Scott, the lead investigator on the study, before asserting that the workplace “can be just like high school in many ways.”
The last component of the study surveyed friends or romantic partners of the workers and had them rate their worker-friend or partner in terms of friendliness. Surprise, surprise, it found that friendly people aren’t treated as poorly. “Our findings revealed that both personality and appearance matter,” Scott said.