Bringing a bigger latte into the office could be the key to your next promotion – at least so says one workplace expert.
Andrew O’Connell, a columnist with the Harvard Business Review, says an emerging body of social science confirms the age-old mantra that the key to climbing the corporate ladder is projecting the image of success – that is “dress for the job you want, not the job you’ve got”.
One study in particular suggests humans tend to associate bigger food portions to success, just like they do a bigger house and a bigger television.
Writing in Quartz, O’Connell claims ordering a bigger coffee, a larger smoothie or even a bigger pizza at the office could signal to co-workers and bosses that you are ready to move up in the world.
“Surround yourself with the trappings of the salary and lifestyle you want, not the one you have,” he advises.
In a 2011 study at HEC Paris, witnesses ranked people who chose larger meals two points higher on a one-to-seven power and respect scale than those who picked smaller portions.
Another piece of social science research that he points out is a 2012 University of Pennsylvania study that found men with shaved heads or who are entirely bald are perceived as stronger and taller than men with full heads of hair.
O’Connell says that using social science could help the new generation of ambitious office climbers to succeed. – Daily Mail