Think about the last time you made eye contact with someone, shared a smile and then a genuine hello. The feeling of connecting with people is something most people crave. People love to be a part of something bigger than them, and it all starts with “Hello!”
Now, I won’t pull any cheesy Adele references, but I think greetings can be absolutely powerful. By extending a warm hello, it shows that we noticed a person and that we want that individual to feel welcomed, especially in the workplace.
Sometimes all it takes is a good greeting to get people to completely open up about the crazy morning that they had or the frustrating issue that they are still dealing with. It spreads a culture of inclusivity and positivity.
It can also help us make greater connections and utilize our networking skills. Sometimes meeting someone new at a meeting or an event can be daunting, but it’s really just as easy as saying hello. Once you get passed the hello, here are a few tips to keep the conversation going.
Equally as important is to greet someone who doesn’t greet you. It could easily change the perceptions that are there and may even fix a broken relationship by opening the possibility for dialogue. Give it a try, the worst thing that could happen is they say nothing, like they always do anyway!
Leaders also need to be critically aware of how important their welcome is for their employees. If a leader comes into the office day after day and doesn’t recognize the team with a good morning, it sets a tone that work is more important than a positive environment and a caring culture. If you are a leader, make a point of greeting each individual on your team if that’s possible. If not, send out a good morning e-mail message to the whole team and see what happens to the buzz in the office.
Speaking of e-mail, always, always, always include some type of greeting in the initial e-mail you send to a person. This again sets the tone, and if you are asking for a favor, you should at least take a moment to greet that person. Here is a complete list of other ideas to make your e-mails professional and polished.
Greetings have the ability to change someone’s day and can really infect a business’s culture with positivity, acceptance and friendliness. Saying hello is extremely contagious, so just note that you have been warned that once you start, you luckily won’t be able stop!
The next time you are at work, say hello to everyone you see and let me know what happens in the comment section below.