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The Benefits of Being Likeable on the Job

Often, I warn you about the consequences of stress that can overwhelm you -- particularly in the workplace -- and share some of the natural, safer ways to treat them. Thanks to this terrific USA Today piece, here's another benefit you may not have considered when it comes to taming your emotions: Likeable people can be more successful in their jobs.

The way people feel about you on the job can have a more important effect on how successful you are at forming important work relationships that enable you to get things done. In fact, according to a Harvard Business Review study, likeability trumps competence, even if the disagreeable employee has the right skill set.

Other benefits of being perceived to be friendly and likeable on the job: Likeable employees may bring more business to your company because they have better rapport with your customers.

  • Being agreeable can often bring more promotions and bigger salaries.
  • Conversely, an unpleasant personality may cost you that new job you were looking for, and the old one you wanted to leave behind.

One of the most effective ways to deal with all those inner demons that may be preventing you from making progress in your personal relationships and your career is to learn the how to use the Emotional Freedom Technique, the energy psychology tool I use daily in my practice with the help of my free online manual.

USA Today December 28, 2005

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