It pays to be nice - really:
Bottom Line: We're all familiar with the old saying that "nice guys finish last". Usually that's a reference to dating but regardless it probably isn't accurate. It certainty isn't in the workplace. New research from Harvard & Yale using research from the National Bureau of Economic Research demonstrated that over the past 30+ years - those who are typically among the "nicest" fare the best over the course of their careers. Specifically people who are analytical and communicate well have been able to advance rapidly. Opportunities for people with those skills have proven to be 83% better than average. So being nice and thoughtful, in addition to being effective at your work - can lead to substantially better outcomes over the long run.