Can the Right Office Furniture Help to Improve your Body Language? 

Can the Right Office Furniture Help to Improve your Body Language? 
What is body language?

What is body language?

Body language refers to the non-verbal signals we use, consciously or unconsciously, to show our feelings and intentions to other people. We may not always even realise we’re even using it so be aware of it can help us all to be better communicators.
Types of body language that can often be seen at work include:

  • Universally recognised facial expressions:
  • Smiling
  • Frowning
  • Raising eyebrows
  • Impressions created by the entire body:
  • Leaning back to show relaxation
  • Leaning forward to show interest
  • Fidgeting or squirming around in a chair, showing discomfort or boredom
  • Specific gestures (which may or may not match the tone of what is being said):
  • Tapping fingers, a sign of impatience
  • Crossed arms, signifying defence
  • Making eye contact, a sign of trust and connection
Why understanding body language can help you at work.

Why understanding body language can help you at work.

Taking body language into account could give you a greater insight into people’s true meanings and help you make better, more meaningful connections. For example, if a client is saying they’re interested but shaking their head, your sale may not be in the bag.

Body language isn’t always what you think.

Beware! Your colleague might fold his arms in your meeting room chairs because he finds it comfortable. When you know this, you won’t assume he’s not open to your ideas. And people often deliberately make eye contact when they’re nervous or lying to help cover it up.

Use local or cultural context to support body language reading.

The examples we’ve shared here are commonplace in the western world. Your global colleagues may have very different cultural interpretations of such gestures. For example, in many eastern countries, unbroken eye contact is considered impolite or even aggressive.

Three top tips for easy body language wins at work.

Three top tips for easy body language wins at work.

1. Smile!

But don’t make it false. Keep your face relaxed, think happy thoughts and smile naturally. Everyone understands the meaning of a smile and it’s the most universally understood positive facial signal.

2. Keep an open impression.

Even if you feel like curling up into a ball, fight the urge and keep your arms unfolded, your legs uncrossed and your fists unclenched. Presenting an open frame invites trust and shows that you’re open to communication.

3. Don’t slouch.

Sit as upright as you can, keep your head up and look people in the eye (where appropriate). If at a standing desk, don’t stoop down into your notes. This attention to posture will also help with breathing and tone of voice.

Can the right office furniture help to improve our body language?

Can the right office furniture help to improve our body language?

In a word – yes! Firstly, if you’re comfortable and working in an aesthetically pleasing environment, it’s easier to smile. An ergonomic office desk chair will help with posture, and a chair and desk at the correct height will help you to maintain eye contact.

Remote working and body language – what are we missing?

Working remotely might be the new normal, but it’s abnormal for great communication. The good news is all these tips will work in the home office. The right desk and chair will keep you upright, comfortable and in full view. This will all reflect positively on the camera.

We’re operating as normal and our lead times haven’t been affected.

September 2021

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