Larry Mantle |

Being mean pays off for employees, but not businesses

A newly published study finds a wide pay disparity between those who self-report being disagreeable and the more go-along, get-along among us. 

The male advantage for being difficult is 18%.  Women get a 5% average bump.  However, the less-agreeable also have to live with themselves, so it might take away any financial incentive.

Seriously, other studies show a big downside to workplace meanness from high employee turnover and dissatisfaction.  If so, why do employers reward those who are less agreeable?

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we’ll hear what you think about whether being difficult improves one’s employability and workplace value.