Overweight workers earn less than their weakest colleagues, according to a new LinkedIn survey. The results show that social bias about a person's weight can be translated into wage deviations.
LinkedIn found that UK workers are classified as obese based on their body mass index that earned an average of US $ 2,500 less than colleagues who had a healthy BMI (weight and face ratio).
The researchers also reported that there is a gender pay gap between men and women of the same weight. Overweight and obese women had earned US $ 11,500 less than overweight or obese men.
Employees also relate their perceptions of their weight to the overall career development. The study found:
- One out of four people who are overweight felt they lost their job opportunities and promotion because of their weight.
- One in three obese workers felt the same way.
- 43% of obese workers said that their weakest colleagues progressed their career faster than they were,
- 28% of employees overall reported having received offensive comments about their weight by a colleague or manager.
"The LinkedIn community has several teams and discussions on this issue," said Ngaire Moyes, a LinkedIn spokesman. Mr Moyes expressed his disappointment at the fact that this form of discrimination still exists in the workplace.
"We hope that more members will be encouraged to participate in the debate about how it affects them and how to deal with size bias," Moyes said.