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Beautyism and jobs

The College of Business Administration is selecting a new administrative assistant. The Chair is overlooking a more highly qualified candidate in favor of a candidate who personally met with the Chair. The Chair seems quite "taken" with the lesser-qualified candidate and other department members are worried about his criteria for making the selection
1.Define "beautyism" and its potential discriminatory effects on hiring in the workplace.
2.Assess the Chair's behavior from a human resource management perspective.
3.Recommend the action that the hiring committee should take to handle the hiring decision.
4.Discuss to what degree and why attractive candidates may be given unfair consideration during hiring processes.
5.Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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1.Define "beautyism" and its potential discriminatory effects on hiring in the workplace.

Beautyism is the term for the phenomenon of workplace hiring of physically attractive people over less attractive people, often in spite of qualifications. If a company hires based on external attractiveness qualities, then the potential for missing more capable and more stable employees can occur. These less attractive, but potentially more qualified people will stop applying for potential jobs. Additionally, suspiciously handled, employees currently working may begin to lose faith in the company's decision making or question their value in the company. These can lead to lower productivity as people lose trust in their management.

Another factor is the human definition of attractive is subject to the perception of individuals. Some people will always be thought of as attractive, but in some cases, the way one dresses or behaves is a factor in attractiveness. In this case, the determination of what makes the person seem more attractive should be analyzed as well during the process noted below in question three.

2.Assess the Chair's behavior from a human resource management perspective.

It is the job of the human resources department to find the most qualified people to do the work required in a position. When the best person is not chosen the company can lose not only a valuable asset, but also certain amount of respect if the choice is made for reasons based on physical attributes rather than qualifications. The Chair jeopardizes the work of the HR because the company has not competitively vetted the applicant according to the required qualifications and credentials. The Chair then becomes an adversarial ...

Solution Summary

Based on the supplied case and questions, an outline for beautyism and job application success is given.

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