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12:00 AM, July 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 12, 2019

A lesson in body language

Ever found yourself in a situation at work where a colleague seems to be deliberately avoiding you but you don’t know why? It’s probably because your body language put them off. That’s because 55% of our communication is through body language. But don’t worry, here are 5 simple ways you can avoid such a situation in the future.

Cultural shock, it’s a thing!

People from different cultural backgrounds work alongside you at your workplace. That’s why relating to others’ cultural identities and giving them respect through appropriate body language is a smart thing to do.

Don’t get too close

There are people who like to interact with each other at close proximity while others hate it. The situation can be very uncomfortable if people move back and forth during conversation with each other. Also, in a cubical format, sometimes we tend to lean too close to the other person unknowingly which arises a sore situation. To avoid all these hassles, keep your distance.

The fixing freak

While in a meeting, some of us subconsciously start fixing our hair, shirt and even the hooks in our pants.  While this might be very restful for you, it can be very distracting for the speaker and goes on to show how you’re not respecting their input in the meeting. Always maintain an open posture and good eye contact, and avoid touching your face in a professional environment.

Appropriate responses

Gestures matter. If somebody gets a wrong response in an interaction at any point in a conversation, you lose the credibility and a possible ally who might help you with work. Rather than making faces, give appropriate facial expressions. Understanding, interpreting and putting your facial expression to action is a skillset your place of work seeks from you.


Sajid Bin Hasnat is a 2nd year student studying Economics in BRAC University. Send warm greetings at hasnatsajid80@gmail.com.

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