What Others Think Of You At Work: your non-verbal communication is telling others a lot

Your non-verbal communication reveals a lot more about you than you think – especially on the job. Whether we like to believe it or not, our actions say as much about us as the words we use to speak. And when you’re chained to a desk, or locked in a “think tank” for up to 10 hours each day, a lot is observed. Usually, these subtle, intentional (or not) personality gestures have more to do with unexpressed feelings. Not knowing how to speak up for one’s self, or being incapable of confrontation can lead to strange body movements, annoying habits, or a lack of respect, which is the exact opposite of what you want to happen at work.

Find out what you should and shouldn’t do while in the presence of people who can affect your career goals.

Sprinting down the hallway doesn’t win the race

Some people walk very quickly hoping to leave the impression that they’re movers and shakers with a lot on their plates. What it usually means is they have anxiety, insecurities, or have an unstable personality. Slow down and walk with good posture. You should have the easy gait of a confident worker, not that of a speed walker.

Raise good conversations, not your arms

A sense of fear is present when people raise their arms above their heads while sitting and talking to another who is standing above them. It’s a primal thing that some mammals do to physically protect themselves when they feel threatened. Place your arms at your desk or comfortably on your lap when you have these conversations. You can also stand so that you’re at the same eye level as your coworker, or you can ask your coworker to have a seat.