Hallway Protocol

We recently moved into a new facility at work. It’s a cool, big building, freshly refurbished to welcome us.

Prior to this home the company had been a bit spread out, across 5 buildings. 

It’s nice to see everyone under one roof, get a more full sense of who’s who. What faces are associated the different groups. Understand more completely the company I work for. Smile at more people every day. Spread more good.

That’s really my number one personal goal at work: smile more, and share the simple, good energy that comes along with it.

Which brings me to the title of this post. What IS the exact, appropriate, “hallway protocol” when you pass fellow co-workers?

We have a lot of long, straight hallways in this building, so you can see people coming a mile away. 

That’s a good thing on the one hand, because you can scan the corridor when you enter to see if anyone’s coming. You can get ready. Then you have a decision to make.

If you haven’t said Hello yet during that day (if you remember), it’s a fresh opportunity to share a little smile and good cheer. Can’t hurt, right?

But if you HAVE seen that person already earlier in the day, the possible exchange (or lack there of) is a bit more complex. You can say “Hello” again, with some little quip to add to the greeting…or just smile, or even choose to ignore the person the second (third? fourth?) time around.

My vote, for what it’s worth, what I try to do, is always try to make eye contact and have some positive exchange. I’m not 100%. Sometimes I get ignored. Sometimes I don’t know what to do. I’ve even gone the other way, so I didn’t have to make decision.

But the best choice? Put yourself out there, say hello, TRY to brighten the other person’s day. You have nothing to lose.

That’s the Hallway Protocol we should all follow. After all, we’re in this together.

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