Mean People Make More Money

Psst! Want to earn more money? The secret to earning more money in the workplace is ... to be mean.

That's right: a new study found that agreeable workers earn significantly less than their meaner counterparts.

The researchers examined "agreeableness" using self-reported survey data and found that men who measured below average on agreeableness earned about 18% more—or $9,772 more annually in their sample—than nicer guys. Ruder women, meanwhile, earned about 5% or $1,828 more than their agreeable counterparts.

"Nice guys are getting the shaft," says study co-author Beth A. Livingston, an assistant professor of human resource studies at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


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I think if you look deeper into this phenomenon, you will find that the non-vital disagreeable folks are more likely to get fired. The ones who stick around are tolerated only because they are so valuable. I've got some experience with this in my own office.
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