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Five Habits of Genuinely Likeable People

Putting Effort Into Your Charm With Better Work Ethics

There is no denying that most of us would like to be held in high regard and well liked among their peers but often times, an inherent likeabilty thought of as a ‘natural charm,’ can be seen as only reserved for a gifted few or a trait that extroverts naturally exude. Our tendency to seek validation and approval similarly applies to the workplace, as we naturally prefer to do business with people we know, like and trust. After all, before we are professionals we are all human beings, hence it is natural to want to be surrounded by positive, uplifting people. Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage explains it best: “Success orbits around happiness, not the other way around.”

With that in mind, here are five common habits of genuinely likeable people to help you up your popularity at work and hopefully pave a successful career path.

They Do Their Job

It is as simple as it sounds; above all else, do what you say you will do and do it when you say you will do it. Reliability and consistency are much sought-after traits in the office especially since the work chain is entirely interconnected. Ensuring that you remain on top of your deadlines and consistently perform increases your likeability factor as it makes your co-workers lives easier and less stressful.

They Are Tastefully Humorous

Having a sense of humour is an essential social asset. Likeable people do not mind letting their guard down and being the source of laughter to make other feel comfortable once in a while. Some people tend to be more reticent in using humour in the professional setting as it runs the risk of offending the other party. However, according to the workplace expert and author of ‘Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant’, Lynn Taylor, “well-placed humour that is clever and apropos to a business situation always enhances an employee's career”. Numerous surveys have backed this notion up, such as the Robert Half International survey, which found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humour is important for career advancement; while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humour do a better job. In another study by Bell Leadership Institute, it was discovered that the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humour.

They Love Name-Calling

We will come across dozens of people through the course of our career, many we will never remember. However, making the time and effort to remember your co-workers’ names and actually using it is not just an easy way of getting their attention, but a sign of courtesy and respect. A person’s name is the greatest connection to his or her own identity and individuality and to not remember a name, especially if they have repeated it several times, makes them feel slighted. According to Stacey Sarah Lloyd, a health and relationships writer, when you are addressed by your name through the course of a conversation, it is an indicator that whatever is about to follow is important, boosts your self-esteem while simultaneously generating and fortifying trust.

They Stay Away From The Gossip Mill

A trustworthy confidante is like a diamond in the rough and being one at the workplace is a sure-fire way to improve your likeability. According to a study done by Georgia Institute of Technology, approximately 15 per cent of work e-mails contain gossip. When you also factor in how much verbal gossip spreads throughout the workplace on a daily basis, the number is quite substantial. While, gossiping often tends to be a bonding moment among people and it ties together social groups and business networks, it also runs the risk of turning the work environment into a toxic one. By not contributing to the gossip mill and focusing more on your work performance, you also help prevent negativity from getting out of hand and permeating the workplace.

They Ditch Their Phones

Often, the sign of a charismatic person is how they make us feel. Similarly, it pays to give your co-workers your undivided attention as it consistently leaves a positive impression on your work ethic as well as your regard for them. By simply, disconnecting from your phone while conversing with your colleagues’, it signals to them that you are totally engaged and invested in the discussion.