As Dragons’ Den star, Hilary Devey, suggests that that the idea of a glass ceiling is a ‘myth’ and an ‘excuse’ for women’s own business failings I am left wondering where she fits into new research from Essex University that suggest neuroticism and agreeableness are penalised in the labour market while openness to experience and extroversion are rewarded.
The authors claim that “there is a glass ceiling effect for people who are closed to experience and there is a sticky floor effect for introvert, high agreeable and neurotic people.”
The report highlights that these sticky floor effects are more relevant in low paid blue-collar occupations.
In case of agreeableness however, this sticky floor effect disappears once we control for personal and job characteristics.
The report has a number of unexplained areas to be considered such as differences in job related characteristics; unobserved diversity in skills enhancing productivity; career advancements; wage increases, and with taste-based wage discrimination.
That said, an interesting area of thinking and impacts work as well as mental health professionals.