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How To Be Respected and Taken Seriously at Work

Posted on the 27 September 2012 by Classycareergirl @classycareer

Dear Classy Career Girl,

I’m contacting you for some inspiration. I like everyone I work with, but I am almost becoming TOO comfortable around my coworkers. As in, I feel like sometimes I add too many funny comments or sarcastic comments, which at the time were funny, but then I look back and wonder WHY did I say that.” I want to be respected in my new role and taken seriously. I feel like this is the time where I need to change, before I start working long term at this company. I’m not sure if I’m thinking too much, but I feel like I could be acting more professionally.

Take Me Seriously

Hi Take Me Seriously,

I don’t think you need to worry too much unless you are saying really awful things.  When you say things, do other people look at you like you are crazy or mean?  I would look at their reactions and try to see if what you are saying is inappropriate.  If it is, then you definitely need to think a little more before you talk.  But, if they are smiling or relaxed after you say it, then you might be thinking too much. Workplaces shouldn’t be stuffy and boring and most people appreciate a little laugh now and then.  Especially, when they need a break from work.  So your comments might be helping them enjoy work more and relating to you more is a good thing.  I would definitely make sure you aren’t being negative or saying anything mean or gossiping about anyone else. Those things will definitely make you look bad in front of others.

I also think its important if you are worried about this situation in a new job, to think about things a little bit more before you say them.  In your free time, brainstorm and write down what you want to be known for at work.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • What are your goals while working for this company?
  • How do other people see me now at work?
  • How do I want the people I work with to view me in order to reach my goals?

If you want to move up within the company, you don’t want to be seen as goofing off and joking around because then people might not be able to take you seriously.  I used to work with this man and the first week I met him was on a business trip.  I saw him drinking heavily and behaving way too friendly with my coworkers who were women.  I lost respect for him that day and have never been able to regain it.  Remember how quickly someone can make a judgment about you and they might not ever be able to get over it.  So try to keep it as professional as possible around your boss, clients and anyone you manage.  Another thing you could do is ask your co-workers to go out to lunch or happy hour.  Then you can be yourself around the people who you really trust at work instead of joking around in the office.

I know you don’t want to be a different person at work than you are in real life so don’t suppress who you really are.  Just be very mindful of the things that you say when you are around certain people.

Hope this helps!  Good luck!

Do you have any advice for Take Me Seriously? How can she be respected and taken seriously in her new role?

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