Is being too nice harming your career?

Is being too nice harming your career?

How important is likeability in the workplace? According to a new study from Activia Training, British employees are reportedly one of the most helpful and honest nationalities of workers, who would do their upmost not to let a fellow colleague down.

The study, which surveyed 1,666 employees, found that 84% say that friends or work colleagues regularly come to them for advice, whilst 82% said that they would lend money to a friend.

Further statistics from the report include 54% claiming they would never tell a lie to gain an advantage at work, and 70% saying they would always help a co-worker who was struggling. What’s even more endearing, is that 83% would do a favour for someone they only vaguely knew.

The report found five core likability traits; dependability, amiability, the ability to uplift, a caring nature, and capability. 44% of British employees asked identified as dependable, whilst just seven per cent claimed to be uplifting.

And whilst this report shows how large an asset likability is in the workplace, Zena Everett, Business Coach at CABA admits that you shouldn’t take this too far.

“Successful people are charismatic and people want to follow them, but it’s unlikely the first thing anyone would say about them is that they’re likeable,” she explained.

“In my experience, ‘nice’ people may be passed over for promotion or even let go more readily than difficult colleagues, because the boss knows they’re not going to be given a hard time about it.

“If you’re desperate to be liked to the point where you’re becoming co-dependent, you may even be bullied by more narcissistic colleagues.”

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