How Small Talk Can Make You More Likable at Work

September 6, 2018

Career Advice

Think about how you act in these situations: at the beginning of the meeting, when you pass someone in the hall, when you see your coworkers for the first time in the morning. Are you more likely to be starting down at your phone? Do you give a quick nod? Or do you honestly stop and interact with them?

Small talk is an easy way to show that you care, to show that you’re friendly, and to show that you’re approachable. And it really only takes 30 seconds to a minute. Here are some situations you might find yourself in, and how to change your behavior:

  • Instead of typing away at a laptop before a meeting starts, strike up a conversation with others who’ve arrived a few minutes early.
  • Instead of standing quietly in the cafeteria line, get chatty with whoever is behind you.
  • Instead of diving right into a meeting that you are leading, ask everyone how their day is going.
  • Instead of heading straight to your desk in the morning, greet your coworkers.

Here are some easy small talk questions that work in multiple work settings:

  • “Nice to see you. How are you doing?”
  • “What are you working on right now?”
  • “How was your weekend?” or “Do you have any plans for the weekend?”
  • “How is your day/week going?”
  • “What do you think about… [insert relevant topic here]?”
  • “Do you need any help with… [insert relevant topic here]?”

How do you stay approachable at work? Share your talking points below.

Image via Marc Wathieu/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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