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Reducing Lookism in the Workplace

Reducing Lookism in the Workplace
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Author(s): Kai Wang (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) and Yuanlu Niu (University of Arkansas, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 23
Source title: Implementation Strategies for Improving Diversity in Organizations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claretha Hughes (University of Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4745-8.ch004


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Lookism issues have been studied in the fields of economics, social science, physiology, and business. Studies have shown that physical appearance affects employers' judgment about the quality of an employee. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the effects of lookism on career development in organizations. In addition, this chapter discusses the strategies for reducing lookism in the workplace from a human resource development perspective and provides four strategies for reducing lookism. First, legislation should include and address issues of physical attractiveness. Second, diversity education and training should be provided to students, employees, and employers. Third, diversity management should be practiced in the workplace. Fourth, appropriate employment processes should be adopted. Future research should study lookism over a wider range of occupations across different cultures. In addition, future studies should develop theories and conceptual frameworks to support and explain current issues of lookism in the workplace.

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