6 Common Body Language Mistakes to Avoid at Work
You thought everything was fine at work.
Now you’re caught up in a workplace drama and have no idea how you got there.
What do you do when you’ve been saying all the right things to the right people and are still up a tree?
Chances are, while the words were great when talking to your coworkers, your body language mistakes weren’t.
Where did you go wrong?
You were Slouching
Being slumped over generally means you’re tired, but at work, it’s going to look like you’re not interested in what’s being said. In the worst-case scenario, you’ll be perceived as not wanting to do the work, or that you’re unhappy being there.
The solution? Straighten up!
You Were Off Kilter
Did you know that when you are in a conversation with someone, you subconsciously mirror their body language? Now imagine what happens in a team situation if you’re not matching up your actions, tone, or body language with those around you. Best case, they’ll think you’re not paying attention. Worst? You’re not a team player.
The solution? Pay more attention to the body language of others to sync your own with theirs.
You Couldn’t Sit Still
People who fuss or fidget during a meeting are seen as disinterested, or even awkward, lacking in confidence.
The solution? The next time you feel an urge to play with that pen or grab your phone, place your palms flat on the table, sit up straight and breathe until the feeling passes.
You Weren’t Engaging
When was the last time you had a conversation with a co-worker and were only half listening to what they said? If you weren’t making all the proper noises in all the right places, you’re seen as being standoffish and cold, and disinterested in being a team player.
The solution? Lean into the conversation, take part.
(Smile and nod or make noises to show you’re paying attention.)
You Didn’t Smile
If you’re not given to smiling around the workplace, you’re seen as unhappy to be there, or as being disinterested in what’s going on around you.
The solution? Find something to smile about.
A fake smile is going to look false, so being able to pull up a genuine smile will get you far more mileage in the long run.
Correcting Body language Mistakes
Paying just a little more attention to your body language mistakes and making sure it matches what you are saying and feeling, will make office interactions go much more smoothly.
In this series of body language articles hopefully, there is some value that you can gain and use to your benefit.
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To your continued success,
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