A study presented in San Antonio, Texas today shows that the people at work who make things miserable for everyone else, are actually the highest earners.
The study, called "Do Nice Guys—and Gals—Really Finish Last?" by Dr. Livingston, Timothy A. Judge of the University of Notre Dame and Charlice Hurst of the University of Western Ontario, looks into "agreeableness" and its effect on income.
The researchers analyzed information from three different studies that surveyed 10,000 workers over about 20 years. They found that men who measured "less agreeable" earned more-- 18 percent more-- than their nice guy counterparts. That's about $9,972 more a year for being a jerk.
"Nice guys do not necessarily finish last, but they do finish a distant second in terms of
earnings," the study says.
Ladies, it goes for you, too. Less agreeable women earn about 5 percent more than those of us who abide by common niceties.
So why doesn't the old adage "do to others as you would have them do to you" pay off?
According to the study, "people who are low in agreeableness may be perceived as more competent by virtue of their lack of warmth."
Life is so not fair.