Sir, Your Body Language Says You Hate This Job
You're anxious and unhappy. You haven't said a word about it—but your posture speaks volumes.
I know someone who used to go to work in a winter jacket and wool hat and refused to take off either article of clothing in the office. The message was clear: I am not settling in because I cannot wait to leave.
Employees struggling with frustration, exhaustion, and fear may be effectively controlling their verbal communication of these emotions, but their nonverbal expressions are telling everything.
Now's a good time to take a quick inventory:Are you dressing like you've stopped caring?Barbara Pachter, author of When the Little Things Count...and They Always Count, recommends cutting out frowns and stern expressions. You may be totally unaware of the look on your face.Are you looking people in the eye? Sometimes hostility, fear, or insecurity can keep our eyes on the floor, the wall, the desk—anywhere but the boss's eyes.Are you slouching in your desk chair? Do you roll your eyes a lot? Probably reading this is making you want to roll your eyes, but these are important tendencies to check, as reputations are often made during hard times.