A study presented in San Antonio has shown 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. Beth Livingston and 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 per cent 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 five per cent more than those of us who abide by common niceties.
So why doesn't the old adage “Do unto others as you would have them do unto 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.”