Don’t Just Be Yourself

December 2, 2010

Chapter 6 – Staying Close When You’re Far Away

I’m sure you’ve been told many times during your life to just be yourself. It is good advice in social situations, but not for the workplace. When you are interacting with your coworkers, especially in the short bursts that being remote requires, just being yourself isn’t enough. You should be a kinder, friendlier, more understanding and approachable version of yourself. Take the time to listen a little more than you normally would. Give people easy conversation starters. Remember that the workplace is an artificial representation of real life. You need to be yourself, but a more polished and palatable version of yourself.

  • Queenofcups

    That’s a good idea. Really. I’m the boss in my work place. I’m too damn nnice and approachable. Polished? How!? I’m never polished enough, when in fact I need to lead by example. Being highly emotional about my company makes keeping a professional distance difficult.

  • Princemok88

    Very useful, thank you for your help!

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