The importance of body language in the workplace

The way you behave and act while around co-workers or your supervisor actually sends lots of nonverbal cues. Unspoken communication is surprisingly impactful in the way you might be considered for a promotion, or asked to leave the job. Body language is a strong contributing factor to how others perceive you, in both a positive and negative light.

Eye contact is something that many people need to work on, as it may not necessarily come naturally. The ability to look directly at the person who’s speaking with you conveys your confidence and attention. Breaking eye contact or having your eyes dart around as you either speak or listen can indicate you’re insecure or uncertain.

Hand gestures are another type of body language that can come in different extremes. Some people fidget a lot, either with just their hands, their hair or whatever they might be holding like their phone or a pen. This can be seen as a weakness and a lack of confidence. However, other people can go over the top with their hand gestures, flailing and waving about when talking. This can be annoying and distracting, rather than letting others focus on what you’re actually saying.

Posture is a key component to body language that many people don’t realise until they’re called out on it. There’s a tendency to slump your shoulders when tired or when you’re lacking confidence. This, however, can give others the impression that you’re lazy, unhappy with your job or overly insecure. Contrarily if you stand straight and tall you come across as more confident and sure of yourself.

If you can appropriately manage your facial expressions and eye contact, your use of hand gestures as well as your posture and stance, your body language will be much improved, and this will have a flow-on effect to how others perceive you in a more positive light.

Need help with your body language and understanding what it means? Contact Peta and she can arrange a meeting to help you.