Office Etiquette: Always Say “Good Morning”
Sometimes the rudest behavior in the office environment stems from doing nothing at all. As an office professional, you should say “good morning” every morning you enter the workplace. This seems easy enough, of course, but this simple act is fraught with more complications and repercussions than you may suspect.
It’s impossible to walk around the office every morning and greet everyone with a smile and a nice comment. So, which colleagues should you say good morning to and which ones should you ignore? The general rule is this: Never ignore anyone. Say “good morning” to every employee who crosses your path as you make your way to your desk. Always say good morning to the person working the front desk. They are one of the few people in your office who sees and knows everyone, and that is power.
It is important to let your boss and coworkers know that you are engaged with your job and are happy to be there. Don’t slink into the office, stare at your shoes and think nobody notices you because you’re not making eye contact or not speaking to anyone. People notice these things, and they remember them too. Some of those people may even be offended by your lack of communication. They may take it the wrong way. It happens all of the time.
If you tell some people that you encounter “good morning” but don’t tell others, those you avoided may interpret your behavior as an act of ill will. They may think you don’t like them, are angry at them or—even worse—don’t even know they’re there. So make sure to greet everyone with a “good morning” every day. It’ll do wonders for your career, and ingratiate yourself to those around you.
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