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Are You Fit to Climb the Corporate Ladder?

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First, hello SATTUA, I like your comment... Great points!
I teach psychology at the Royal Military College of Canada and I am a Major in the Army. I agree with you. I see it every day around me. In my occupation, it is very important to be fit and in return it makes you more productive. Being fit doesn't mean being a certain weight but being able to run, walk and perform certain physical tasks. AND it means taking care of yourself, psychologically. As a leader, I want my actions to reflect what I believe in and I want to be a good example for my students (Officer Cadets). My greatest reward is a thank you because at some point - just by doing what I call my job - a made a difference in someone's life! Report
Two points I'd like to make about this article.

First, authority makes people more likely to be critical of others and less likely to be critical of themselves. This makes me distrust the executives' opinion that physical fitness is important for success. They want their employees to be healthy so they cost less to employ; I bet a lot of them aren't healthy themselves.

Second, the article confounds correlation with causation, and sees the correlation only from the healthy = successful standpoint. If we're going to draw inappropriate conclusions from the correlation, how about concluding that successful = healthy, due to increased access to education and resources? This is the way the thing is usually spun. Successful people are more likely to have a culture of exercise and healthful food, as well as greater access to gyms, health education, and health care. Report
I like your article. Don't mind the unnecessarily offended overweight people, reacting like 12 year olds after being told that they were 12 years old.

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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. Report
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. Report
another reason to get fit Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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.

What do you guys think??? Report
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. Report
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. Report

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