5 ways to greet your colleagues

Greeting Level 1

Given that it is Monday morning and I am at work sitting at my desk

When someone else arrives

And they say good morning

And I just grunt and don’t look up

Then I am a miserable git

 

Greeting Level 2

Given that it is Tuesday morning and I am at work sitting at my desk

When someone else arrives

And they say good morning

And I say good morning

And I continue with what I’m doing and don’t look up

Then I am a nicer person to be around than yesterday (only just…)

And I am portraying that I am busy

And I am not open to further conversation

And I have not done anything to build a relationship with that person

 

Greeting Level 3

Given that it is Wednesday morning and I am at work sitting at my desk

When someone else arrives

And they say good morning

And I make eye contact

And I say good morning

Then I am a nicer person to be around than yesterday (getting there…)

And I am making an opening to engage in further conversation

 

Greeting Level 4

Given that it is Thursday morning and I am at work sitting at my desk

When someone else arrives

And they say good morning

And I make eye contact

And I say good morning

And I engage in a conversation

Then I am a nicer person to be around than yesterday (this is becoming interesting now…)

And I will get to know more about that person

And they will get to know more about me

And I am happy and relaxed

And they are happy and relaxed

 

Greeting Level 5

Given that it is Friday morning and I am at work sitting at my desk

When someone else arrives

And they say good morning

And I make eye contact

And I say good morning

And I engage in conversation

And make physical contact (handshake, high five, pat on the shoulder, hug)

Then I am a nicer person to be around than yesterday (hell yeah!…)

And I have built a closer bond with that person

And I will get to know more about that person

And they will get to know more about me

And I am happy and relaxed

And they are happy and relaxed

 

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Final thoughts

Behaviour is organic.

If you are rude to people, they are more likely to be rude to you.

If you are nice to people, they are more likely to be nice to you.

If you hug more people, they are more likely to hug you.

What level greeting will you give your colleagues today?

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