We’ve all worked with colleagues who will say “yes” or agree to anything to avoid confrontation.
On the surface, these “people pleasers” may seem like dedicated workers as they tell bosses, colleagues, subordinates and clients only what they want to hear at the expense of what's right. But in reality, this tactic might not be doing themselves—or their company—any favors. In fact, in some cases, it could be hurting their advancement and destroying their careers.
Every worker should strive to be a team player and avoid intentionally causing office tension or problems, but they shouldn’t take their people-pleasing actions to an extreme where they comprise their own value or morals and lose respect for themselves and from others.
If you’re not sure if you are a people pleaser, consider the following four symptoms and how they might be hindering your career success.