You were probably taught from a young age that smiling is the nice thing to do. As you grew up, you realized that smiling was a great way to build relationships and to show positive intent, both in your personal life and at work. But there are downsides to smiling too much at work, which can actually have a negative effect on your career.
Smiling too much can cause others to view you as a naive or disingenuous person, which can have an impact on your upward mobility in the workplace and the types of projects that you’re entrusted with. Smiling too much can also have negative consequences if you’re communicating with someone from a different culture where smiling isn’t as common as it is in America.
As nonverbal communication becomes even more important in our new work from home lifestyle, understanding the best practices of smiling is even more important. To help you understand the does and don’ts of smiling at work, Auraglow has created a helpful infographic that details five smile scenarios as well as tips for feeling and looking more confident, which can help you build meaningful connections.