Qualities of High Earners

Anne Fisher, a Fortune senior writer, had an interesting post about a survey finding that those that earn six figures and up are more likely to apologize. The article is called Want a Higher Paycheck? Say You’re Sorry. The statistics are amazing in the relationship between earnings and likelihood of accepting blame and apologizing for it. Those stats are:

Willing to Apologize               Earnings
         92%                    $100,000+
         89%                    $75,000 – $100,000
         84%                    $50,000 – $75,000
         72%                    $35,000 – $50,000
         76%                    $25,000 – $35,000
         52%                                   – $25,000

Anne does a good job with laying out the possible reasons for this correlation – really any one of them could be right. But I want to know what other qualities these high earners have.

In an earlier post I described politeness as a good strategy (A Strong Strategy – Politeness). As I see these numbers, I start to think if one personable action is more valuable or if they are all a multiplier affect. Here is a brief list of high earner little things. Feel free to send me more to add to the list.

Looking people in the eye
Saying sorry
Saying hello

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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