Body Language Mistakes Many People Make At Work
The “fig leaf” posture might offend a few coworkers, and even your boss.
Emotions and body posture have a huge role in society which is why you need to be aware of how people are perceiving you. The "fig leaf" position basically consists of holding your hands over your genital area. That's a big no-no. So make sure to keep your hands on the side.
Isolating yourself from your surroundings and common areas where people are hanging out.
Okay, so sometimes you need a few minutes by yourself. But isolating and separating yourself constantly will tell people that you're an isolated, antisocial, uninterested person. Team-building exercises and activities, or even having your lunch break in the company of your colleagues expresses your interest in bonding with them.
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Constantly leaning on surrounding objects and slouching on objects makes you look like you don't care.
The way you act, stand, talk, and move, will determine the way people perceive you, and therefore, the way they decide to treat you. Leaning over objects, chairs, walls, tables and other items can be often seen as a sign of weakness. Research shows that standing tall in a confident manner makes people perceive you as strong and powerful.
If you like keeping your hands behind your back, then you need to stop.
Spencer Kelly, who's a professor of Neuroscience, found evidence that our hands play a major role in people's perceptions. Keeping your hands behind your back can accidentally tell others that you're not trustworthy.
Constantly looking at your watch to check what time it is when talking to someone.
Okay, okay! So you're feeling under the weather and really can't wait to get home. You're only human. But you wouldn't expect a boss to constantly portray himself as someone who doesn't want to be there, do you? You need to find a polite way to finish a conversation if you're in a hurry without passive-aggressively checking out the time on your phone or watch.
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