Greetings and Salutations
Good Morning! Have you noticed how these two simple words can completely change someone’s day? You would be amazed at how fast a warm greeting can turn another gloomy day on the job to a positive day filled with human connection. One of the easiest ways to choose a positive attitude is by greeting everyone you have contact with. Connecting with your coworkers will have tremendous benefits, not just for you personally, but also for the company as a whole.
A recent study found that 78% of workers are more productive when they are consistently recognized by their peers and managers! That number is too big to ignore. No matter the floor you work on, the greetings are the same to everyone. A friendly “Good Morning, Jim” works to humanize all employees from the C Suite to entry level. It can be easy to get stuck in our routines of checking emails and rushing to complete a deadline. But what happens to the company communication when we remove the common courtesies from the workplace?
Starting the day with a genuine greeting can take just seconds or be stretched into a short conversation about life outside of work. Have you ever silently passed by a coworker several times throughout the day only to have to ask them a favor later on? In my experience, it can be a bit awkward to speak to someone for the first time knowing I have had plenty of other opportunities. But what do you say to someone you don’t have anything in common with? Good Morning! That’s usually all that is needed to break the ice, and from there you can get down to business or you might discover something you have in common.
This simple decency goes a LONG way in increasing engagement among employees. Two words can help to generate a 21% increase in profitability. That is because companies with an engaged staff are more likely to pass the positivity to the customers. And customers prefer to buy from companies that make them feel like part of the family.
So, next time you step in to the office, instead of immediately getting buried in a screen, try connecting with a coworker with a greeting and a smile. Positivity is contagious. When you choose to have a positive outlook on the day ahead, you can spread that outlook to others. Positivity can spread like wildfire, but first it needs a spark!