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Why likability matters at work

Why likability matters at work

By John Mercure. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

Most people want to and try to be likable. It's part of the human experience. We want people to like us.  

The problem is that in the workplace, that desire to be liked sometimes goes out the window.  

You've probably heard of bosses that say, "I'm not here to be your friend." or "It doesn't matter if people like me as long as they respect me."  Fortunately I have never worked for someone with that attitude.

And now experts, including many bosses are saying that likability matters. Many claim it's more important than education or experience.

Sue Shellenbarger is writing about it in the Work & Family column in the Wall Street Journal.

Sue joined us on Wisconsin's Afternoon News.

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Emmy-winning journalist, John Mercure brings more than 20 years of reporting and anchoring experience to his position at NEWSRADIO 620 WTMJ.