Your body language plays a significant role in your success at work. Even if you’re saying or writing the right words but your body is saying otherwise, you risk your success at work. Below are 3 upper body postures you should avoid at work at all costs.

1. Arms Akimbo.

body-languageThis is a posture screaming negativity. It can indicate your dominant nature, or communicate there are issues with the other person(s).

Keeping your arms akimbo to intimidate your kid(s) when they’re being naughty is fine, it’s your call. But don’t try this at work – adopting this body language to intimidate others to get your work done is just plain wrong.

2. Arms Behind Back.

body language arms behind backThis posture keeps people at bay. Basically you’re telling others not to draw near you. It shows your anxiety, or vulnerability.

However, this posture also means paying attention, especially if you’re in security, law-enforcement, etc. It’s a good pose to indicate you are giving the other person your undivided attention. If you’re not in the forces, you can show your undivided attention by slightly leaning towards the other person, without putting your arms behind you.

3. Arms Crossed.

body language arms crossedThis posture indicates anxiety. You’re either crossed about something, or at someone, possibly the other person(s) with you. You’re closing off yourself from the others, indicating a lack of trust in others, or even yourself

Therefore, you can see how these simple body postures can ruin your professional image. Even if you’re not exactly feeling certain emotions, your body postures can indicate otherwise and project an image, completely different from who you are. Hence, it’s important to pay attention to body language as an important communication tool.

To learn more about body language, and how you can use business image consulting solutions for more success at work, contact me now.

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  1. Cameron says:

    This is an eye-opener.. One doesn’t really pay attention to such details but I now understand how this can help me. Thanks!


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