The younger generation of workers (16-24) lack the most confidence when it comes to asking for a promotion (36%) as well as speaking in public or presenting (34%).
Be honest: do you usually play with your nails? Or maybe you find yourself not making enough eye contact or sitting in the “wrong position”? All these little details make up our body language and the way we behave.
Besides verbal communication, body language is a crucial factor in how we are perceived at work. In addition to this, it is also essential to build relationships and trust with colleagues.
While the way we behave should seemingly come naturally to us, it certainly isn’t always so easy to find the right moves, especially in an intimidating or unfamiliar situation.
As such, Lensstore interviewed employees to find out which workplace scenarios undermine our confidence the most.
Interestingly, public speaking and asking for a raise tied for first place among the two most intimidating scenarios, with both receiving 29% of the vote.
Similarly, asking for a promotion is not far behind in third place, along with managing workplace conflict, at 26%.
The study also noted that the younger generation of workers (16-24) lack the most confidence when it comes to asking for a promotion (36%) as well as speaking in public or presenting (34%). ). At the same time, only 20% of respondents aged 55 and over are worried about asking for a promotion, and only a quarter (25%) of those aged 35-44 are fazed by public speaking or presenting.
|Ask for a raise||25%||35%|
|Public speaking or presentation||23%||40%|
|Ask for a promotion||22%||33%|
|Manage conflict at work||23%||29%|
|Have a performance review||19%||23%|
|Talk with managers or bosses||17%||15%|
|Apply for annual leave||14%||11%|
|Talk with a colleague||15%||8%|
The study also looked at which body language techniques interviewers use are the most off-putting.
Fun Facts About Emojis
At the same time, a more modern form of non-verbal communication has found its way into everyday workplace communication – emojis!
Whereas they have become acceptable even in business emails, TextAnywhere queried 1,000 people on their communication habits this year.
Most often, 84.2% of respondents use emojis to text their friends. Similarly, the second highest result was communicating with family members, where more than three-quarters (76.7%) use emojis to connect with family via text.
Interestingly, 7.1% of respondents indicated that they don’t use emojis at all.
|What are emojis for?||Percentage of Respondents|
|Send text messages to friends||84.20%|
|Texting family members||76.70%|
|I don’t use emojis||7.10%|
|Sending emails to customers/business partners||2.80%|
With a number of respondents admitting to using emojis with colleagues and clients/business partners, emojis have undeniably become a part of workplace communication.
Looking at the most common emojis, the survey asked respondents which three emojis they use most often. Nearly half of respondents said the emoji with tears of joy, otherwise known as the “laughing face”, was their best emoji. This was accompanied by number four, the loudly crying emoji, which, according to TextAnywhere, “has been used massively to share positivity in recent years as younger generations claim it as their favorite laughing emoji.”
Next is the smiley face with smiling eyes emoji, which received a quarter of the response as one of the top three emojis. This was closely followed by the heart emoji.
|emoji||Percentage of Respondents|
|Face with tears of joy (laughing)||45.60%|
|Smiling face with smiling eyes||25.90%|
|loudly crying face||15.60%|
|Smiling face (happy)||8.70%|
|Face blowing a kiss||7.80%|
|Disappointed face (sad)||7.20%|
|Smiling face with heart eyes||5.00%|
As a fun little segment, the investigation also respondents interviewed on their knowledge of the meaning of emojis. See an excerpt below:
Slightly smiling face
Did you know that the tone of this emoji can often be used to emphasize a passive aggressive message or something ironic, where the sender means something is really wrong?
Six in 10 respondents were unaware of this meaning, describing it as a “happy” emoji. A further 23% said the purpose of the emoji was to convey a smile, while only 1.5% of respondents answered correctly that the emoji is primarily used to relay sarcasm.
Person at the information desk
The survey also showed that the majority of respondents use this emoji to say “hi”, “whatever” or to show “sassy”, but that’s not what the emoji really means.
The emoji is actually meant to represent a person at an information or reception desk who can help people answer their questions.
Lead and Body Image / lens shop