If you go to work at an office and feel like you want to make an impression, then maybe you should start looking at your body language. Job performance and charisma isn’t the only way to communicate to the world that you are ready for that promotion.
According to the laws of psychology, you can express your emotions through gesture and posture. But many of us are unaware that our facial expressions, our posture, and even the way we move could be communicating the wrong message to our coworkers and bosses. So take a look at these 11 body language mistakes we’re all making at the office, (yes, me too!)
Slouching in a way that makes you look way too relaxed.
I mean, who doesn’t love to slouch in the privacy of their own home? I know I do! But when you’re at work, it’s game on and that applies to your posture. Sitting in a relaxed manner is sending off the message that you’re lazy at work as if you were completely uninterested in what you’re working on. Make sure to sit up straight.
Letting everyone at work know that you’re bored out of your mind.
No one’s expecting you to act like this is your first day at the job. People know you’re only human, but when it comes to slouching, slacking, and dozing off into Lalaland, it’s best to put on your “work face,” and act like you’re happy to be there. Your boss will take it as if you’re an active participant who wants to actually be there.
You’re constantly rolling your eyes, even if it’s just a gesture you’re used to making.
You’re going to have to work extra hard to avoid doing this at work. It’s sending off the message that you have no regard for whatever it is that people are saying. You may have accidentally learned to express your disgust or contempt by rolling your eyes, but that might lead to people thinking you feel like you’re above them and their opinions and feelings don’t matter to you.
Sitting or talking too close to someone, essentially invading their personal space.
Ugh! We’ve all had a coworker who’s done that. They simply don’t get socially accepted etiquette. Why would anyone need to get 1 inch away from someone’s face to communicate something? That makes people feel instantly threatened and uncomfortable when someone decides to invade their personal space. Be polite, and stay a healthy distance. Somewhere around 3 to 8 ft is more than okay.
Sneaking into the office, avoiding your coworkers, without anyone noticing you.
That’s a bad, bad, office faux pas. Not only is it extremely rude to your colleagues, but it’s also a sign that you have poor people skills. Sure, you may just want to avoid people until you get your morning coffee, and you’re absolutely entitled to do so, but don’t be surprised to find out that coworkers and higher ups see you as antisocial and arrogant. Always greet others with a smile, and make sure to acknowledge the people you run into at the hallways.