Employers weigh many factors in a candidate’s background when making a hiring decision. Should experience on a sports team be one of them?
Many companies take that experience into account, according to a recent German study. At least, people active in sports are earning more pay.
An extensive survey by the Center for Economic Policy Research compared employees with a similar backgrounds and careers. The result: Folks who played sports typically earned between 5% and 10% more than their less active peers.
Possible reasons include:
- employers want employees with better health
- athletes have more networking opportunities, so they get hired more often, and
- the competitive drive athletes tend to have makes them more successful at work, too.
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