Is your job a pain in the neck? Are you hoping for a promotion out of a crummy cubicle and into a corner office? If you keep thinking that a promotion would make you smile, you’ve got it backward: it’s a smile that will win you that promotion.
Don’t Just Work for the Weekend
When your boss is considering candidates for promotions, they want to choose someone who actually enjoys their work. Smiling more at work will help your boss see that you like your job and you’re not just punching a clock. This will tell your boss that you’re more likely the kind of person that cares about your work, and that will make you seem a more attractive candidate.
But what if you don’t like your job? First, consider whether that promotion will make things any better. If you’re still gunning for that promotion, then fake it until you make it. Smiling doesn’t just show you’re happy–it makes you happy.
Be More Productive
Another secret that your boss knows about happy employees: they’re more productive. If you’re happy in your work, you’re more likely to spend more time on your work, and you’re more likely to get more done. And imagine what a spike in your productivity will do to your prospects for a promotion.
Smiling makes your face more memorable. You’re a lot more likely to get a promotion if higher-ups can actually remember your name and don’t have to refer to you as “what’s-his-name in the third cube on the left.”
Better Work Relationships
If you smile more, people are more likely to see you as an approachable individual. They’ll come to you with questions and comments. And if you smile through the interaction, they’re more likely to leave with a positive sense of the encounter. Being liked by your coworkers never hurts your odds of a promotion.
Especially when you’re fostering a stronger relationship with your boss. Your boss wants to promote someone they like working with, too, so using your secret smile powers when talking to your boss is an important part of winning that promotion.
You’ll Look Younger
Age has its benefits, such as wisdom and experience, but it also has its drawbacks. Frowning all the time makes you look older in a bad way: tired, grumpy, and hidebound. Smiling more will help you look youthful in the right way: energetic, inspired, and friendly.
Do You Have a Corner Office Smile?
Of course, the benefits of smiling can be diminished or counteracted by the appearance of your smile. If you have an unattractive smile with crooked or missing teeth, your boss might get the opposite impression of what you’re going for. You might seem less intelligent, unhealthy, and older.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you get a promotable smile. Invisalign is a workplace-friendly way to straighten your teeth without advertising it to the world. A dental implant can replace a missing tooth, and porcelain veneers can give you a smile that would be the envy of your coworkers. A smile makeover can’t guarantee a promotion, of course, but it can give you the best smile for the job.