Compliments Surrounding Physical Appearance are Viewed Favorably by the Majority a Tellwut Online Survey Finds

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Though President Obama found himself under attack for sexist remarks when he called Law Enforcement Officer, Kamala Harris “brilliant, dedicated, tough and by far the best-looking attorney-general in the country”, Tellwut found that the majority at 72% would be pleased to receive compliments surrounding their appearance from a superior. Voters went so far as to say that such compliments can enhance the work environment.

President Barack Obama recently made headlines regarding his compliment to Kamala Harris which mentioned her capabilities along with a positive reference to her appearance. He later issued an apology, as many individuals claimed that the remark was sexist and undermined Harris’ professional abilities according to an article published April 5th, 2013 by Michael D Shear in the New York Times. In response, Gil Duran, a Harris spokesperson said that Harris and the President have been friends for numerous years and that she strongly supports him. Compliments surrounding physical appearance go between both, given the San Jose Mercury News clip of Harris from 2009 referring to Obama looking and sounding like a million bucks. With Harris accepting Obama's apology and issuing a statement of support, the results of Tellwut’s online survey which found that compliments relating to one’s physical appearance are viewed favorably seems in line and that the social media uptake of this incident was overblown.

The criticism against Obama surrounded the sexism of the remark as attributes of expertise, knowledge, dedication and professionalism are sometimes overlooked; making physical appearance the focus. Interested in understanding the impact compliments on physical appearance have in the workplace, digital online marketing company Tellwut produced an online survey to delve into this topic.

Although Tellwutter’s indicated that they view physical compliments as favorable, Tellwut wanted to know whether the position or rank of the person giving the compliment had an impact on how individuals felt towards receiving a compliment. The results revealed that 79% of participants would accept a physical compliment from a subordinate co-worker and slightly more at 81% would accept the compliment from a peer and feel good about it. Compliments from a superior relating to appearance were lower at 72%, though still high within approval rating standards.

With only 15% of respondents feeling that compliments relating to appearance had a negative impact, the Tellwut online survey results can lead one to conclude that overall workplace compliments regarding physical appearance are not perceived as being inappropriate; whether from a superior, peer or a subordinate co-worker. The lesson to be learned is that a heartfelt compliment can improve the workplace environment.

About Tellwut®.

Tellwut is a North American online community of individuals dedicated to expressing their opinions through online surveys based upon a wide variety of topics in exchange for rewards and the Tellwut community experience. The Tellwut community and proprietary survey and reward software application provide a platform for organizations to send surveys to their stakeholders or to crowdsource and conduct online market research through the use of the Tellwut survey platform and the Tellwut Community; thus allowing businesses a clearer understanding and insight into their products or services, customer attitudes and potential business opportunities.

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