Whether you are a team manager or an individual contributor, there are certain norms that we have learned while growing up that still apply today. I often loved the book and the expression that everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten. Not quite – but some common rules apply. One golden role – say Hello and Goodnight to any of your coworkers you see when you start your work day or end it. This can take many forms: “Hey”, “how are you”, “did you watch that game yesterday”, “what a commute today”, “sunny day”, “how was the weekend” . Some form of acknowledgement is required to improve collaboration and support teamwork and camaraderie. Not only is it a common courtesy, but it tells your coworkers that I am interested in being a member of this team and that I respect you as a person (even if you don’t like their work), and that in turn, I expect the same consideration. At the end of the day, an acknowledgement is also needed, for those you see along your pathway to the door, and even going a little out of your way to stop and recognize their presence again. What if you are normally quiet, is this still required? The answer is Yes!!, especially in this case. Coworkers of quiet people need reinforcement to gauge the attitude of their coworkers. Is there a problem? Is he or she unhappy with their work life? Are we good?
On your way into the job today, stop and say “hey”, you will likely be greeted in the same way, and have set a positive tone for the rest of the day.