‘How can I fake be­ing sin­cere at work?’

Women's Health (UK) - - K -

‘The se­cret of suc­cess is sin­cer­ity, once you can fake that, you’ve got it made,’ so the fa­mous tongue-incheek say­ing goes. Eas­ier said than done, when of­fice pol­i­tics dic­tate work­place sin­cer­ity calls for com­pli­ment­ing the boss on that strik­ing new eye­liner, ex­press­ing in­ter­est in the new in­tern­ship pol­icy and en­quir­ing about the weekend of that per­son who’s al­ways lurk­ing in the kitchen. (Oh, they just had a quiet one. Again.)

But sin­cer­ity equals trust. And trust equals? Yep, pro­mo­tions, ex­otic work trips, pay rises. So you’ve got to learn to fake it. Ready? First, be sure to main­tain eye con­tact when de­liv­er­ing your sin­cer­est com­pli­ments; look any­where else and you’ll seem shifty. Be too un­blink­ing, though, and you’ll come across far too in­tense. Next up, cul­ti­vate re­la­tion­ships.

You don’t have to be­come BFFS, just pre­tend to give a shit about their kitchen ex­ten­sion or kid’s school­ing or what­ever. Your sin­cer­ity

and like­abil­ity rat­ings will soar, mean­ing that next time you’re em­bel­lish­ing your CV, or bull­shit­ting your­self out of a cor­ner, you’ll have enough credibility to get away with it. Re­sult – job pro­mo­tion, in the bag. You’re wel­come.

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