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Are You Fit to Climb the Corporate Ladder?

Healthy Body, Healthier Paycheck

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  • Remember Napoleon? OK, so he met his Waterloo, but it wasn't because of height.

    In my experience in the corporate world, the bias against short men is every bit as strong as the bias against women, however, it's mush easier for a man to overcome this bias by being aggressive.

    At 5'7", I certainly qualify as being short. However, playing corporate softball and being an expert in handling the bat made me a perfect lead-off. At the end of the season I was batting .811. The next closest was .640.

    I disagree that taller people are able to relate to customers better or to be better leaders. I found that my height made it easier to interact with customers because my size was not threatening. As for performance, as a unit manager I was given the nickname of "The plumber". Why? Because I was sent in to clean up a store, get the maximum performance out of existing employees, interview and hire better quality people with positive attitudes and to get double digit increases in sales. As a generality, I agree with you. A height challenged person needs to take every opportunity to show they are the better candidate for promotion, and by at least a two digit performance.

    I never thought of this before, but maybe this is one of the things that places women at a disadvantage in the corporate world, also. Most higher level, female executives I've been acquainted with are considerably taller than the average woman. - 11/14/2009 5:14:39 PM
  • This article, while perhaps true in some areas, i.e. discrimination towards many employees who are overweight, it is not accurate that heavy or obese people necessarily cost more for a company. Maybe as you age?? I am 100+ pounds overweight and have taken less than 3 sick days in a year, which were for appointments for myself and my family. I only take 1 medication, for thyroidism. I do not have high blood pressure or diabetes. I do know that this weight is bad for me which is why I am trying to make changes now, but I do not agree completely with this article's implications. - 11/4/2009 10:19:55 PM
  • another reason to get fit - 10/1/2009 9:05:47 AM
  • I am sorry, but this article borders on the fascistic.
    You've got the correlations turned on their head.
    It's because of the youth-obsessed culture, that good looking people are promoted, not the other way around.
    Einstein didn't look young or particlularly healthy, but his contribution to the world's knowledge was invaluable. - 8/16/2009 8:51:40 AM
  • This is unfortunately true in many professions. Overweight people can be hired in my field, but they have to be in good health. I work in a lab so we have to be alert and pay attention to what we do or everyone's safety could be at risk. - 8/7/2009 1:14:39 PM
  • OZWODEN
    Surely some of these are gross generalisations. It would be like saying that "oh you're from a poor neighbourhood so you're going to rob me" or "teenage girls are all concerned with fashion and make-up". I find taking everyone as an individual and looking at them such is the best approach to most things.
    Re: the golf course guy. You wouldn't select a employee on 'health', you would pick them on ability. A slightly chubby guy could very well complete the required tasks better than supposedly healthy looking guy. - 7/12/2009 12:57:25 AM
  • I do not really find this unfair, I see the truth in it. Sure maybe corperates vision of "healthy" may be a size 0 with an eating disorder (no offense), but being healthy would make a person a better employee. I mean healthy in any shape. I've seen heavier people that were healthy, in fact I am one of them. I may not be a zero (im a 7 to be in fact), but I've gone to the gym and seen thinner women who cant even stretch to touch their toes. No matter what size you are, if you dont exercise often and eat right you are affecting your overall health and performance daily. Eating horrible foods and inactivity can lead to numerous health problems later in life, which can be pricey for your health insurance as well as make you sluggish at your job. What more employers need to do is offer preventive medicine and education to their employees, not just pay the costs it takes for the employee to go to the hospital. Sure it might seem like alot of money for them to spend at first, but I can almost guarantee it would cut down costs of poor health related problems later down the road that would cost a heck of a lot more. - 6/10/2009 10:59:45 AM
  • The funny thing after reading this article, is that I was talking with a gal today, who is a College Grad. SAID, that she learned what Employers are looking for is NOT a straight "A" student, but a better "B" with a LIFE! In otherwords , the candidate they want had a LIFE while in college, THAT shows carring for yourself.

    Interesting that managing your health could make that kind of difference. Oh that MORE Employers would pursue helping their employees get healthy! - 3/28/2009 11:23:35 PM
  • This so unfair and so true. Maybe employers subconsciously think if you are overweight then you don't take care of yourself, so how could you take care of the job...very tiny minds. Try finding a good tailored interview suit in size 24 of the same quality of one in a size 8. - 3/15/2009 6:35:47 PM
  • LALISJO
    Ahhh...but does "skinny" really mean healthy? Another reason for discrimination. It wasn't enough being a woman, part of a minority or from a lower social class. Unfortunately what the article says it's true, many employers have this vision. Check this article from the Daily Spark: www.http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?pos
    t=does_the_scale_really_tell_the_whole
    _story

    What do you guys think??? - 10/14/2008 11:55:32 AM
  • BDHEISLER
    We own a golf course. We have to stay fit just to keep everything going. There is a lot of physical work and office work. You have to be on your toes all the time. You work like crazy and then have to look relaxed when talking to customers. Our staff has to be able to work at a good pace. A non fit person would have a tough time working at a golf course. - 5/8/2008 6:29:54 AM
  • BDHEISLER
    We own a golf course. We have to stay fit just to keep everything going. There is a lot of physical work and office work. You have to be on your toes all the time. You work like crazy and then have to look relaxed when talking to customers. Our staff has to be able to work at a good pace. A non fit person would have a tough time working at a golf course. - 5/8/2008 6:29:42 AM
  • LILYLAVANDER
    Fitness is a factor in getting hired. I was interviewing at a clothing company and was told that everyone had to wear the product to promote the company and its image.

    I definitely wasn't skinny like the females I saw walking around in the office. I would have to lose 40 pounds in order to be comfortable in the clothes. - 5/5/2008 3:47:31 AM
  • KATS-MOM
    I was in a leadership meeting yesterday and when I looked at the high level managers that were present all of them looked like they had spent a lot of time at the gym. My old manger (I have since promoted up) runs marathons. I do believe the fitter you are the further you will go in most companies. - 4/29/2008 8:25:56 PM
  • MYSTICRAINS
    I know that I have to work out and be skinny for a good job. I say "skinny" rather than healthy, because in all honestly a profession really cares more about your physical appearance than health. - 3/27/2008 10:17:05 PM

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