Do Mean People Make More Money?

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Do nice girls really finish last? Money experts Jean Chatzky and Maggie McGrath pull together the research to answer that question.

She doesn't necessarily agree you're screwed in the workplace if you're nice -- but maybe you can be too nice. She writes:

Etiquette offenses can be fireable: Senning noted that in a survey of managers, the majority said they’d fire an employee for an etiquette offense, with foul language and gossip topping the list of most offensive behaviors.

Don’t sir and ma’am to death: “Don’t always put yourself below people. Anyone could overdo please and thank you, and could cultivate a submissive personality.” Senning said. However, he was quick to add this: “But they’re effective tools and to abandon them, you do so at your own peril.”

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