Being the social creatures that we are, it is a natural instinct for us to be likeable around others. Of course no one is here to compete or take part in any sort of ‘who is more likeable’ race. But developing traits that can create a positive connection with others is not a bad wish after all. In fact it is acceptable to have such kind of a positive desire. When it comes to such qualities, we always look up to someone in our lives. It can be our motivating parents, a hardworking friend or sibling, a charming and intelligent boss, or a happy-go-lucky co-worker. Ever wondered that you can also be one of these people? Yes, you can be more likeable at work and in every aspect of your life.
Notably, we all spend most of our time at workplace i.e. almost 6-8 hours in a day. This makes it obvious that we tend to develop inter-personal relations with our co-workers. But unluckily, sometimes we may get caught in the clasps of corporate world and politics. This can make it difficult for each and every person to like you round the clock. But we can surely try to be more likeable at work for a better work environment around. Guess what, you will not need any kind of magical powers or a Harry Potter wand to cast your ‘likeable spell’ on others! Just follow some simple things and we assure you, it won’t misfire your efforts.
Simple Steps to be More Likeable at Work
Show Interest – Ask Questions
What is your opinion? What do you prefer? How do you feel? How can I help? Which is the better way to do this? What can I do to better the situation? The list is endless... Asking for opinions or questions that show curiosity, care, concern or compassion is a sure-shot way to connect to a person. When the opposite person feels valued and cared for, no one stop that individual from liking you.
Become a helping hand for sub-ordinates, colleagues, and bosses alike. You need to understand that we are all humans and at the end of the day everyone needs help even if they are too adamant to ask about it. Try including newbie co-workers, old colleagues, extroverts, and introverts alike in your interactions.
Right Time Right Tone
The tonality and timing of your speech matters the most when it comes to being more likeable. There are times when you have to talk and there are times when you need to stay quiet. At times you need to criticize or give a piece of mind to someone. While at times you may have to praise someone without letting it affect their behavior. Where at times kindness and compassion is necessary; it is equally important to politely stop people from spreading negativity around. You need to draw a line between necessary behaviors. You can be both, a cool co-worker and a strong, focused boss. Just know that which situation requires what kind of behavior. It all comes down to your behavior, at the right time, in the right tone.
The List does not End
In addition to this shake hands, call people by their names instead of designations, avoid small talks and gossips, avoid politics, and have a heart-to heart conversation with co-workers at appropriate times. Also try looking for positivity in all situations, show empathy and know that emotional IQ plays an important role at the workplace.
If you are really want to be more likeable at work stop shunning your responsibilities towards your work, co-workers, and the employer. The list to be more likeable at work is endless and the deeper you dig, the more options you will find. As of now, try adopting the above mentioned qualities and we are sure you will see a significant increase in your ‘likeable quotient’.
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