Economics and Human Biology presented a study that aimed to establish a connection between testosterone and success in the workplace.
Increased levels of the male hormone testosterone have been shown to improve men’s employment prospects and assist those already in work retain their jobs. A research with those findings was just published in the journal Economics and Human Biology.
Testosterone, sometimes known as the “male sex hormone,” is crucial in fostering the physical traits distinctive of males and promoting lean muscle growth. Previous research has shown a correlation between greater levels of the chemical and advantages in social status and professional achievement.
Aggression, risk-taking, drive, and even improved math skills have all been related to higher testosterone levels in men. New study from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research aimed to determine the impact of testosterone on professional success.
This was accomplished by comparing the hormone levels in the blood of over 2,000 working men and over 110 unemployed men in England. Over the course of two years, they were tracked down and asked about how they were doing.
Higher testosterone levels were associated with lower unemployment risk in both the previously jobless and previously employed groups of males. The impact was larger in the group that had been jobless before, suggesting that increased testosterone levels may improve job-seeking skills.
Scientists concede they don’t fully understand how the hormone may influence employment. One possible explanation is that individuals with greater testosterone levels are more outgoing and sociable, which might help them network more effectively—a quality that is more important in today’s employment market.
Testosterone, meanwhile, may boost aggressiveness and competitiveness, both of which can help an applicant get a job. Hormones have been linked to wealth and numerous success-related personality factors, according to previous twin research.
Keep in mind that this was a correlational research, so take the findings with a grain of salt. Because testosterone levels tend to change on a regular basis, it is difficult to say whether or not these findings would be stable over the long term, or whether or not random short- and medium-term oscillations are to blame.
Furthermore, the sample size of the employed is much bigger than the other group, making it harder to make straight inferences from the jobless group.