(KMOV.com) – For workers wondering why they never get promoted, the answer could be right under their nose.
It could be because they’re smiling too much.
Munich researchers asked men and women to rank who would be the best leader based on whether the candidate was cheerful, prideful or showed no emotion.
Not only did smiling hurt a candidate’s assessments, it seemed to be even more pronounced for females.
Cheerful women were ranked the least likely to lead.
The study suggests companies want bosses to be bossy - tough and uncompromising – and cheerful women are seen as not assertive enough.