Sunday, January 20, 2013
We own a successful business and I have been overweight, substantially, my entire adult life. I have always felt that our degree of success in the competitive business arena might have been more if the sociological stigma of obesity was not prejudicing business contacts on an initial first meeting.
I was no stranger to such prejudices; they certainly existed in terms of dating back when I was in school. So maybe, I thought, I was hypersensitive, and seeing or perceiving (in the business world) such prejudices when they are not actually there. They WERE there in the dating arena, but maybe business contacts would place attributes such as qualifications, expertise and value ahead of something as irrelevant as girth? One would reasonably think (or hope)...
Enter the Yahoo home page. If one reads it on the internet it must be true? Splashed across the Yahoo home page, today, is an article that says that large waistlines and extra pounds undermine leadership perceptions in the business world. Now I have not run into this much, I would not say "never." The business prejudice against the obese is just as real as an any other segment of our unfair society.
Here is the hyperlink: finance.yahoo.com/news/w
So, what say you? Fact or fiction? Have you run into weight-discrimination in the work place, for hiring, promotions or contracting (if like me, you live client-to-client?). Have you done anything about it, or attempted to? Tell...
PS - Sorry for the negativism of this post, but if not on Spark, where?