Eye Contact is a Sign of Confidence from Your Boss
Adults make eye contact between 30% and 60% of the time in an average conversation, but people should be making eye contact 60% to 70% of the time to create a sense of emotional connection.
What's the Big Idea?
How are you performing at work? Does your boss think you are doing a good job? How are you to know?
Eye contact is a signal of your status, according to a growing body of research. If you are a rising star, chances are you will receive more visual attention from your boss. However, if his or her eyes aren't finding yours in a meeting, that might be a sign of your diminished status.
This behavior is most prominently expressed by male bosses, according to a study in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior from 2010.
What's the Significance?
According to the Wall Street Journal's Work & Family column, many people are unaware of the importance of eye contact in conveying a message. To make matters worse, we have all sorts of devices to distract us, leading to this disturbing pattern:
Adults make eye contact between 30% and 60% of the time in an average conversation, says the communications-analytics company Quantified Impressions. But the Austin, Texas, company says people should be making eye contact 60% to 70% of the time to create a sense of emotional connection, according to its analysis of 3,000 people speaking to individuals and groups.
The findings are based on a phenomenon known as the "Mighty Girl Effect."
- The study tracked the responses of more than 5,000 men over the course of a decade.
- The results showed that men who lived with daughters were less likely to hold traditional views on gender relations and roles.
- This effect seemed to be strongest as the daughters entered secondary-school age.
The photos were taken the same day as Russian cosmonauts investigated a mysterious hole discovered in one of the craft.
- The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.
- Six astronauts are currently aboard the International Space Station to conduct a variety of experiments.
- On Monday, Russian cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk to investigate the nature and cause of a mysterious 2-millimeter-wide hole in a Russian spacecraft.
The billionaire entrepreneur predicts the rise of technology will soon force society to rethink the modern work week.
- Branson made the argument in a recent blog post published on the Virgin website.
- The 40-hour work week stems from labor laws created in the early 20th century, and many have said this model is becoming increasingly obsolete.
- The average American currently works 47 hours per week, on average.
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