More than half flirt to get ahead at work

HRM 20 Dec 2012

More than half of UK women (55%) admitted to flirting to get their way at work, according to a report by insurance provider Confused.com.

In a survey of more than 2,000 people, more than one in five women (21%) flirted to gain preferential treatment through positive discrimination.

While feminine wiles are still at play in the workplace, the men are not innocent either, as nearly two-fifths of male managers admitting that they would employ a candidate based on how attractive they found them. Just over a quarter of women also admitted this bias towards recruiting attractive candidates.

More than half of all respondents (57%) said they gave preferential treatment to employees whom they thought were good looking.

In a more alarming twist, a similar number of male and female respondents (43% and 40%) respectively, said they then went on to have a relationship with the employee in question.

Sharon Flaherty, head of PR and content at Confused.com, said in a report by People Magazine: “By highlighting positive discrimination towards women, we hope to bring attention to a very important issue. If women want to potentially save money on their car insurance, they have until the 21st of December to get a new quote. After that, they’ll be subject to the same premiums as men. As the results of this report show, women are better off in many ways, but one of those benefits will soon disappear, which as an company, we’re not particularly happy with.”

 



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