(CareerBuilder news release) As the polar vortex finally releases its grip on the U.S. and beach season is no longer a mirage, workers are examining their physical fitness with mixed results.
According to a CareerBuilder study, more than half of workers (55 percent) categorize themselves as overweight, on par with last year.
Thirty-nine percent say they’ve gained weight at their current job, with 21 percent putting on more than 10 pounds and 9 percent putting on more than 20 pounds. Sixteen percent report they have actually lost weight at their job, while 45 percent say their weight stayed the same.
The study shows that physical fitness may have some influence on how people are treated at the office. Nearly one in five workers (18 percent) feel that people who are thin and fit are shown more favoritism in their workplace.
So, who is most likely to gain weight at work?
That corner office may come with some drawbacks. Forty-four percent of people in management roles have gained weight in their current job, compared to 38 percent of people in non-management roles.
Workers Ages 35 and Up
Seasoned workers are more likely to report tipping the scales in their current position, with 40 percent of workers ages 35 and older gaining weight, compared to 36 percent of those under 35 years of age. Eighteen to 24 year olds were the least likely, with 30 percent saying they put on extra pounds.
Forty-six percent of female workers say they’ve gained weight on the job, compared to 33 percent of their male counterparts. Men are also more likely to exercise on a consistent basis, with 59 percent regularly going to the gym compared to 56 percent of women.
Some industries are more prone to weight gain, with Information Technology and Government leading the pack. Industries that outpaced the national average for weight gain include:
· Information Technology – 50 percent
· Government – 48 percent
· Financial Services – 46 percent
· Health Care – 42 percent
· Professional and Business Services – 42 percent
Workers in the West
Workers in the West were the most likely to pack on pounds, with 44 percent saying they’ve put on weight at their current job. They are followed by the Northeast (40 percent), the South (37 percent) and the Midwest (37 percent).