Office body language includes all other facets of body language except with heightened degrees of dominance and submission. In the office we can expect those with higher status to take up more space and get larger offices, have more open body language and use touch more frequently.
There are three main handshake orientations; palm down (superiority), palm up (submissive) and palm even (equality). A good handshake will have just the right pressure and duration, not too long and not too short. A firm handshake is best, which is especially important for women in the workplace, as a “limp” handshake makes people appear weak and passive. Some types of bad handshakes include the death grip (raw dominance finger crusher), the cold dead wet fish (clammy spells nervous), the limp fish (weak and passive), short grabber/finger grabber (lack of intimacy), stiff arm and trust forward (trying to maintain personal space and control), wrench forward controller (pushes people around and dominates them), arm twister (dominance through pain), over pumper (too much enthusiasm), double gripper politician (intimate/overbearing/controlling), and the oddball (weird handshake combos showing immaturity, friendly or relaxed attitude).
Readiness to commit to action in business can be found through the “sprinters position.” This is done by placing the hands on the thighs or sitting at the edge of the seat. If we see this posture, we know a person is ready to take action. Good posture is also important and it includes an upright back with head held even. If we wish to appear competent we should take up more space, hold a serious gaze with eye contact, use appropriate and tactful touching, avoid too much smiling (especially women), avoid excessive placation and fight the urge to nod with agreement especially if someone expresses a thought you disagree with. When dealing with superiors we should never try to be overbearing. Mirroring is potent and with bosses, it can appear disrespectful.
When conversations take place while standing we can usually expect the torsos to be at fort-five degrees to one-another. If bodies face head on then greater intimacy and engrossment is present. Check for a desire to leave a meeting by feet orientation. The feet are honest and will point in the direction the mind wishes to travel.