A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed why likability is important in the workplace. The article noted that, “Likable people are more apt to be hired, get help at work, get useful information from others and have mistakes forgiven.”
You may be tempted to file this under “No Shit Sherlock” but I think it’s worth taking a moment to consider how important likability is to success.
Competence at your job is certainly important, but being liked by your co-workers is just as important. An office jerk who gossips, undermines management, takes undeserved credit for achievements that don’t belong to her, and loudly insists everything be done her way may be tolerated as long as her performance is stellar. But she’s less likely to be promoted, her salary increases could be reduced, and she won’t get the benefit of the doubt when mistakes happen.
Think about it…would you rather work with someone who is arrogant and difficult to deal with? Isn’t it better to work alongside people who are friendly and helpful?
So if you want to have a successful career don’t be a jerk that all your coworkers hate. Treat people with respect and show a genuine interest in them and you’ll reap the rewards.