Marie's Answer: Although undeserved success is always annoying, the only relevant question is whether this ladder-climbing looker is adversely affecting your own career. Here's what to do:
• If she’s doing you no harm, then you might as well get over it. Ideally, promotions should be based on qualifications, but in reality, they’re often influenced by other factors, including political connections, friendship, and, yes, appearance. This simply falls into the “life's not fair” category.
• On the other hand, if her career progress interferes with your own, ask yourself this question: What can I do to accomplish my goals in this situation? Please note the emphasis on helping yourself, not sabotaging your attractive colleague.
• If her incompetence makes your job more difficult, find a way to address the problem without sounding like a tattletale. If you are competing with her for promotions, work on increasing your influence with . For some Office Coach suggestions about “playing politics,” check out Six Secrets of Politically Savvy People.
Although it may be small comfort, I can almost guarantee that your comely co-worker’s ineptitude will eventually catch up with her. And I can definitely guarantee that at some point she will lose her looks.
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