COSMO CAREER ADVICE! Are You Making This 'Innocent' Mistake at Work?

It's got something to do with how you stand in an elevator

Do you take up too little space at work? Don't do that.

"Women have difficulty in taking up space," says Alfred Gerhards on www.expatica.com. "In addition women often subconsciously make themselves smaller than they really are."

The next time you're in a crowded elevator, observe the difference between how men and women stand. It's likely you'll see a woman cower in a corner for fear of taking up too much space. Sure, it's a nice-girl thing to be considerate towards others, but experts believe that taking up too little space conveys that you're timid, shy, demure, and unwilling to take risks. "The use of space is one way of making a statement about our confidence and sense of entitlement," says Frankel. "The more space you take up, the more confident you appear."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The solution: don't choose a seat at a meeting where you'll be squashed against the wall or forced to keep your elbows glued to your sides. "When giving a presentation, use the full amount of space available to you by slowly walking side to side, forward, and back," advises Frankel.

What do you think?

Life
Share
Cosmo Exclusive: Here's a Diet That'll Help You Drop a Few Kilos in Just 10 Days!
Yes, it's possible without sacrificing any Instagram browsing time.
Life
Share
This Depressed Egg Cartoon That's Taking Over Japan is the Most Relatable Thing on the Internet RN
One of Japan's most popular mascots is an egg with crippling depression...and he's cute AF!
Life
Share
7 Tips to Throw the Best and Most Stress-Free Dinner Ever!
Throwing a fabulous feast is not such a mammoth task.
Life
Share
Why Is The 'Tide Pod Challenge' The New Social Media Hazard?
Yes, we're ACTUALLY talking about the laundry detergent.
Life
Share
Not a Joke: Here's How to Buy a $1 House in Italy Right the F*ck Now
But — you guessed it — there's a catch.
Life
Share
11 Things You Need To Know About Your Vulva
You thought you knew all there was to know about vulvas? Ha, think again.
Life
Share
14 Signs You've Found Your Work Wife
They will always get you through the day.
Life
Share
9 Guys on the Most Regrettable Gifts They've Ever Gotten
Sometimes the thought does not count.
Life
Share
Your Horoscope for the Week of January 22
Everything you need to know for the upcoming week.
GIF
Life
Share
6 Exercises Women With Big Boobs Need in Their Lives
No sports bra layering required.