(617) 723-9797

What makes us likable?

by Oct 24, 2017

The idea of “likability” can be subjective depending on who you ask. A lot of the things that immediately come to mind are traits that are inherently present in an individual; things that are “just there” such as extroversion or even physical attractiveness. However, when you ask people who the most likable ones in their workplace are, they’ll usually talk about personality traits that are within  one’s control.

In his article, Travis Bradberry suggests that most of the time, likable people have traits that aren’t inherent; they’re traits that people actively try to display to others, particularly their coworkers. Some of the most important one Bradberry notes are below:

  • Body language and first impressions: Bradberry suggests that one of the most important factors as to whether someone presents as likable is how they physically interact with others. Likable people use positive body language, such as smiling, shaking hands, and making eye contact. Using these tools, likable people tend to make great first impressions, a critical component in how an individual is viewed going forward. Likable people tend to know everyone’s name, and make everyone feel acknowledged.
  • Humbleness and judgement: Additionally, Bradberry says that the most likable people tend to be very approachable, humble, and non-judgmental. Likable people remain neutral in situations, and tend to present as a mediator. Being friendly and understanding encourages others to feel comfortable around you, and the more comfortable people are with you, the more likable you appear.

Being your authentic self is half the battle of being seen as likable, particularly in the work place. Greet people by name and look them in the eye when you interact. Make them feel acknowledged and be approachable.

Image retrieved from Pixabay under the public domain.

Professional Accountability: A Personal Choice and Consequences

Author: Contemporaries Team Numerous of articles have been written lately stating how a large majority of young candidates do not show up for job interviews, or even make it to the first day of work. This is not a trend which has been seen in past years, particularly...

No I in Team is True in Workplace

Author: Contemporaries Team As the late great Contemporaries, Inc. co-worker Cullen Buckland used to say, "There is no I in Team." The beauty of Cullen was that he practiced what he preached, always offering to help and pitching in whenever someone else in the office...

Starting the New Year on a Positive Note Can Make A Big Difference

Author: Contemporaries Team Annually, individuals hoping to improve their lives, often set themselves up for failure by jotting down a laundry list of new expectations through their New Year’s Resolutions. Even if they achieve some of their objectives, by not tackling...

The Joys of Having a Pet

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo When COVID-19 hit in 2020, people all around the United States felt scared, confused, and isolated. Individuals had to stay indoors all the time, missing out on many experiences such as making new friends, celebrating milestones, and other...

The Best Benefits of Working

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Nowadays, pursuing a career can be tiresome, anxiety-inducing, and stressful. You may lose focus of the brighter side which comes from all the benefits of landing a job.  They include financial freedom, a new purpose in your life, and...

Business Manners in the Workplace

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Business Etiquette is a practical and fundamental skill everyone should use while working on a job. Exercising this practice will help advance your career and boost your likability amongst colleagues and employers alike. The best path to...

Using a College Graduate’s Habits Key to Virtual Work Success

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Imagine, you have just been hired for your first remote job and your team leader has given you a mountain of work which you’re not sure you will ever be able to complete. The tasks seem daunting and although you feel you’ve been at it all day,...

Flexibility is the Key to Workplace Greatness

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo If you are trying to advance your career, being flexible is the key to success. This concept certainly applies when you are working in a new contract position. During this time, you’ll wear many hats and juggle ever-changing conditions that...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!