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Being NICE could cost you a slice of your salary!!


Did you know that "Being NICE" at work, could cost you a slice of your salary!!
Researchers for the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex claimed last week that a new study shows that nice easy-going people are on average paid less!!
One of the most detailed studies ever undertaken into the relationship between personality and pay has clearly suggested that "the nicer you are the worse you are likely to be paid".
The ISER study "Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK" also suggests that being conscientious does not provide any statistically significant pay reward.
Using the British Household Panel Survey, Dr Cheti Nicoletti and Dr Alita Nandi’s research looked at nearly 3000 men aged between 24 and 64 living and working in the UK. By using information on people’s personality traits called the Big-Five (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), they classify people into different personality groups (such as high agreeable and low agreeable, high extrovert and low extrovert).
The research showed that those people who were "nice" earned an average of 72p less per hour. The same pay penalty applied to people with a high degree of neuroticism. Extroverts and those open to experience were paid the best, with those open to experience earning 9% more than those who were not open, a difference of £1.04 per hour. A
ll these pay differences (except for openness to experience) persist even after controlling for a large set of characteristics such as level of education, occupation, work experience, previous unemployment, training and other personal and job characteristics.
Dr Nicoletti said: "The results clearly show that agreeableness and neuroticism are penalised in the workplace while extroversion is rewarded."
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