Can You Tell Engagement By Looking at Posture?

20 Aug

There’s a lot you can tell about a person just by looking at them; whether they’re feeling open or closed to interaction, if they’re happy or sad and whether or not they’re sick at the moment. According to some experts, you can also tell how productive somebody is feeling, and certain body language can increase that employee engagement.

Smile and nod

If you feel like an employee isn’t listening during a meeting or even casual water cooler talk, you know what the tell-tale signs of disengagement are. Slumped shoulders, dull eyes and crossed arms all lend themselves to shutting down conversation and raising ire between co-workers. Sometimes other employees aren’t aware of the signals their body language emits, but if you present yourself as an HR professional who always seems pleasant and attentive, you may be able to cajole the same response out of your audience.

Otherwise, you run the risk of employees thinking you find them boring or somehow offensive.

Get more done

Sitting at a desk all day can be toxic to productivity, encouraging slouching and relaxed posture that lends itself to napping. People tend to get more tired while the workday wears on, so that mornings may see a higher percentage of output in employee management software while afternoons have sluggish showings.

Entrepreneur magazine recommends stretching out even if you don’t get up from your desk. Putting your feet up on a box or otherwise elevating them helps, as does putting your hands behind your head to encourage a straighter spine or leaning back in your chair to extend your legs, activate circulation and get your brain back in the game.

Stay positive

Even if you aren’t having the greatest day, going into a meeting or even having a very negative chat with a friendly co-worker can stir up your ire and put a cloud over the other people involved or listening. Inversely, if someone presents you with a sour statement, as an HR professional you can re-direct the conversation and potentially the rest of that employee’s day by finding a positive perspective on the topic.

Seeing as other employees will look to you as a leader, knowing how to maintain positive interactions and having an active interest in office affairs will come naturally.

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