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Helping Those On the Job to Perceive You the Way You See Yourself

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Job, CareerMost people have specific qualities they think they demonstrate on the job. Maybe you are hoping to appear dedicated, approachable, or confident. Unfortunately, the way you view yourself and the way others at work view you might be two different things.

For example, someone who is attempting to appear dedicated might just seem bossy or demanding. The person who wants to appear approachable may come off as a jokester or someone who does not take work seriously. People who think they project confidence may instead look arrogant.

These gaps between how you view yourself and how others view you may be even bigger when you unintentionally and sometimes even unconsciously have facial expressions or other nonverbal cues, such as crossed arms, that do not fit with your actual mood. If you are unsure how others perceive you on the job, it is time to figure out, especially if you feel how others view you might have a negative impact on your career, particularly career advancements.

If you are unsure where to start when it comes to better understanding how you are perceived at work, consider some of the advice from a December 2017 Harvard Business Review article. Some of the things to do are:

  • Select five people who see you regularly in work-related situations. This may include bosses, coworkers, former coworkers, and others who interact with you regularly in a work setting.

  • When possible, meet with the people face-to-face.

  • It is important to pick people who will be honest with you. Someone who is going to sugarcoat things or say that you are doing everything fine is not going to help you.

  • Ask two questions: "What's the general perception of me?" and "What could I do differently that would have the greatest impact on my success?"

  • When needed, ask the people to expand upon their responses.

  • Look for themes or similar responses.

  • Make adjustments when needed.

If you would like more career advice on aligning the way others view you with the way you view yourself at work, contact us or visit the Career Advice section of our blog.


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