Lifestyle Cosmetic surgery may affect job satisfaction

Cosmetic surgery may affect job satisfaction

Many people who have cosmetic facial surgery feel better about their jobs when they return to work, according to new research by the University of Melbourne.

Ms Alicia Kalus and Professor Christina Cregan, from the Faculty of Business and Economics, analysed responses from questionnaires completed by 121 adult patients who had undergone facial surgery.

“We found that change in self-esteem following surgery was associated with how employees subsequently felt about their jobs,” Professor Cregan says.

“Many experienced higher levels of job satisfaction and lower levels of burnout, although others experienced the reverse.”

Ms Kalus says extensive research has demonstrated that people seen to be attractive by others receive a “beauty premium” in terms of factors related to job success, such as income.

“Our findings, however, showed that changed self-esteem following aesthetic surgery influenced how people felt about their work. It supports other research which shows that job success is partly a result of the fact that people who think they are beautiful have high self-esteem.”

Ms Kalus says self-esteem is related to many factors, including physical attractiveness.

Read more about this intriguing study here. Story credit: University of Melbourne newsroom.

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