How to Boost Your Likability Factor at Work
Written by: Allison Swan
Most people spend more waking hours with coworkers than anyone else during the workweek. It's good to like your coworkers, and it's great if they reciprocate. Increase your likability factor and improve your overall coworker relationships by doing these small but impactful things around the office.
Take an interest in your coworkers' lives. Instead of just small talk, make it count by asking questions and being curious about their interests. Make a point to remember what they talked about -- they'll be impressed when you bring it up later.
Listen and let someone tell their entire story without interjecting. It's hard to not jump in with thoughts and ideas, but people who allow others to fully speak without taking their own turn are true conversationalists.
Be reliable. Doing exactly what you say and following through on time wins the trust of your boss, coworkers, clients, and customers.
Smile, say hello, and acknowledge your coworkers by name. Remembering names and using them in conversation makes people feel respected and important.
At the end of the day, you can't win over all your coworkers, but when your likability factor increases with the people that matter, you'll see a boost in your personal success. Small, genuine acts will go a long way.