The Ugly Truth


A recent study completed by an associate management professor at Michigan State University uncovered one pretty ugly truth about workplace relationships.

Apparently people are nicer to their more attractive coworkers, which conversely means the uglier you are the more likely it is that you are treated poorly at your place of work.

The findings of this study kind of feel like somebody getting kicked while they’re down. It doesn’t seem fair that they would have to be saddled with being both ugly and mistreated.uglyface

There was another aspect to the study that also shed some light on what was happening in these interoffice relationships.

The researchers also surveyed the romantic partners of the workers involved in the study and tried to measure the friendliness of the workers involved. They asked the significant others just how friendly their partners were, and compared that to how those workers were treated by their coworkers.

The conclusions were not unexpected. It seems that friendlier people are treated more kindly by their coworkers!

Really, I think the takeaway from this study is that while you can’t really control how good looking you are, you can control how friendly you are to those around you.

So if you’re ugly, be nice.

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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