Each of us starts our morning with some kind of ritual - it could be simply making a cup of coffee or going for a jog. While we acknowledge that these rituals or practices help us to start our day right, have we considered saying ‘good morning’ to our colleagues in the office a good practice to have as well?
Greetings are a great way to motivate people around you in the office, and a simple ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ ritual can help to create a happier workplace environment and culture. Even if you’re not a morning person, the ‘good morning’ greeting is actually appreciated by people more than you think as it makes a big difference in social interactions.
Saying ‘good morning’ with a smile might be a little awkward at first but you can learn this habit of good communication, and here’s why:
1. It’s polite
Saying ‘good morning’ to people is polite and such courteous greeting is as basic as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in our daily lives. When you say ‘good morning’, you are not only greeting the person but also wishing them well for the day. This helps to improve communications among colleagues and the overall atmosphere in the office.
2. It’s welcoming
A ‘good morning’ acknowledges the presence of your colleagues and makes them feel welcomed. Also, it gives you a chance to interact with your colleagues even it it’s for a few minutes before you dive straight into work.
3. It reduces awkwardness
Have you realised that sometimes when we don’t speak to colleagues when they arrive, then we don’t feel like speaking at all? Imagine having to talk to someone later in the day, it is considerably less awkward if you have already said hello when they walked in. Positive human interactions and communications lead to happier work relations especially when you’re trying to collaborate or to solve problems at work.
4. It makes everyone feel valued
If everyone says good morning regardless of their rank, this gives the impression of a workplace where everyone from the janitor to the CEO is valued.
5. It’s free
Best of all, saying ‘good morning’ is free - it won’t cost you anything!
The truth is, almost everyone wants to interact with one another and saying ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’ is a simple way to break down barriers among colleagues in the office. Although it won’t immediately heal all strained relationships with colleagues but it can make a positive difference in creating a happier workplace.