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Why you want people to like you

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at YourHRGuy.com and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board. on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: How important do you think it is to be likable at work?

  • Somewhat important 49%
  • Very important 46%
  • It doesn’t matter either way 4%
  • It’s actually a hindrance 1%

“The response was overwhelming: Being likable at work is important. Nobody likes to share their space with a jerk and considering the overwhelming response, one has to wonder if being likable helps your career. At the least, it will help reduce barriers as you move forward in your career.” — Lance Haun