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Being More Likable: The Best And Worst Traits

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Wanting to be liked by those around you, especially coworkers, is something I think most people can relate to. It was always what I dreaded most when starting a new job – playing the getting to know you game. Luckily, there are researchers out there who have done some work in this area to let us all know which traits are savored and hated.

Different people have different personalities, obviously, that’s what makes all of us unique. It would be entirely too boring if every single person in the world was exactly the same, wouldn’t it? The problem is when two different personalities come together and clash horribly, like a sonic boom felt in a mile radius around the impact site. We start learning a bit about this as we go through school, with some angst and hormones at the wheel, much like everyone else your age at the time. So once we’re old enough to have a steady and enter the workforce, it’s on us to make a good impression. A UK independent job site, CV-Library, researched what traits we enjoy in others and which ones we absolutely despise, especially in the workplace. They surveyed 1200 workers and came up with some pretty interesting information.

Well, according to new research from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, the majority of employees (94.2%) believe there are key personality traits which make a person more likeable in the workplace…

This makes sense and I completely agree. I like to think of traits like a big tree, with little branches heading off toward other traits but all leading back to the major, defining ones. Thinking someone is haughty and self-centered would likely fall under “arrogant” and so forth.

The research, which surveyed 1,200 UK workers, also revealed that two-thirds of workers (66.8%) felt that people who aren’t liked struggle to get ahead at work…

We would all like to think that we get ahead based solely on our merits. You do your work well, get it done on time, clock in and clock out. Unfortunately, I believe we’ve all seen firsthand what someone who is more liked by management gets as opposed to one who is more under the radar or maybe not such a ray of sunshine at work. If you feel like you’re being ignored or passed over at work, it may be time to do some reflecting. Below is the list of the best and worst traits reported by CV-Library.

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    Likable Traits
    1. Positivity (61.8%)
    2. Being Approachable (40.8%)
    3. Sense of Humour (39.8%)
    4. Open Mindedness (31%)
    5. Honest (23.7%)
    6. Compassionate (20.6%)
    7. Confident (19%)
    8. Motivating (18.8%)
    9. Enthusiastic (16.5%)
    10. Patient (8.5%)
    Less Likable Traits
    1. Arrogant (55.7%)
    2. Lazy (47.8%)
    3. Patronising (24.8%)
    4. Controlling (24.5%)
    5. Vulgar (19.8%)
    6. Gossipy (17.6%)
    7. Distracting (16%)
    8. Cynical (15.4%)
    9. Narrow-minded (15.3%)
    10. Procrastinator (13.6%)

It all seems like common sense once you see it laid out before you, doesn’t it? The managing director and founder of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, had this to say:

“It’s only natural to want to be liked, especially at work when you’re dealing with a variety of people. But, it’s important not to get too caught up with the office politics. Instead, try and figure out the right balance that will help you to move forward with your career and ultimately, be respected by colleagues and senior management alike. Remaining true to yourself is key, especially as certain attributes will likely have landed you the job in the first place: listen carefully to feedback, be wary of coming across the wrong way and ultimately, don’t let your need to be ‘liked’ impact on your progression.”

We couldn’t agree more about the effect office politics has on productivity. If you’re worried about what everyone thinks of you, that’s taking your focus off of what you’re there for – to perform a service. That being said, I firmly believe there is always room for growth and improvement. Take some time to think about what you bring to the table!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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