Some people hate to be told to smile but if you are an administrative assistant smiling is part of your job! Employers expect their front office staff to be able to greet clients and other co-workers with a smile. They expect your presence to improve the office mood.
Now if smiling does not come naturally to you, you might need to work on smiling a little harder than most. Or, if you are having a not so great day for a particular reason (like your dog had to be put to sleep or you have a loved one in the hospital) you are going to have to find a way to get past that. If you are at work, you need to leave your personal issues outside the door and that means you’re going to have to find a way to smile and you’re going to have to do it in a way that convinces people that it is genuine.
Here are a few tips to help you smile when you don’t feel like smiling:
- Keep a picture of someone that makes you smile on your desk. It might be a picture of your husband making a goofy face or one of you children doing arts and crafts. The more personal it is the more likely it is to make you smile.
- Read the funnies/comics on your break. Ziggy always used to do it for me. Cathy was another one of my favorites and so was Baby Blues. Find a comic or a joke site that will send you an email with updates every day.
- Dress in bright colors even when you’re feeling drab. Bright colors make people thing that you are feeling cheerful and they will treat you that way and pretty soon you’ll be feeling that way, too.
- Put a small memento of a funny occasion on your bulletin board. Perhaps the first place ribbon that your friend got for winning the pie eating contest or the ticket stub from the karaoke content that you and a friend were entered in. There are lots of funny events in life so save little reminders of them and put a few of them at your desk.
I’m sure that there are lots of other things that would make you smile or make it easier for you to smile when you don’t feel like it – what do you do?