A new study suggests that being a jerk at work is not the way to get ahead.
Research published in a journal called Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that aggressive and selfish behavior does not lend itself to success.
It goes against the old assumptions that if you’re nice, you “finish last.”
The study proved otherwise by observing a group of people over a span of 14 years.
Their personalities were assessed before they entered the workforce, and their success was evaluated once they were established in their careers.
Those who were considered sociable, energetic and assertive in college had attained higher positions within their work environments.
Those considered more selfish, deceitful and combative had achieved less, regardless of other factors like ethnicity, gender and grade point average.
Lead author of the study Cameron Anderson said it proves that “no matter who you are, behaving in these kinds of nasty, bullying, selfish ways just didn't help you."