If you earn more than $100,000 a year, you are more likely to apologize for your own errors than you would be if you earn less. According to Fortune Magazine’s report of a Zogby survey:
More than nine out of ten (92%) of $100,000+ earners apologize when they believe they’re to blame, compared to 89% of people earning between $75,000 and $100,000, 84% of those who make $50,000 to $75,000, 72% of those earning between $35,000 and $50,000, and 76% of people earning between $25,000 and $35,000. Among survey respondents who make $25,000 or less, just 52% say they usually apologize when they know they’re at fault.
Should you practice apologizing if your goal is to earn a six-figure income? Well, correlation doesn’t imply causation, but some of the reasons one might be more willing to apologize may be the same reasons one is inclined towards a higher salary.
Why do you think those with higher income apologize more than others? I think the ability to admit fault is a strong management and interpersonal relationship trait, one that helps lead an individual to a position of responsibility in the workplace. Perhaps there are other reasons as well.
By the way, those earning over $100,000 are also more likely to say they’re sorry even when they know they are not at fault, as well.
Want a Higher Paycheck? Say You’re Sorry [Fortune Magazine]