Say Hi to Someone Everyday in Your Work Bubble

So I recently started working at a headquarter. Yeah, sounds fancy but have no fear, because this girl is so not fancy. You have anything to worry about, reader. Nowhere will there be mention of complicated excel sheets and whatcha-ma-call-it territories. *small chuckle*

The funniest thing is that for a big place with so many opportunities to interact with other folks, I notice that most people keep to themselves and their assigned groups. They may branch out to different floors or partnering departments, but most nearby cubicles folks just keep to themselves and pound away at their keyboard.

Now, please understand that I respect their strong job ethic. They’re focused on their work. But what I’m saying is, if you meet someone in the common areas, compliment. Say hi and even introduce yourself. Make someone laugh. Go out of your way and if it’s awkward, embrace it. (But please learn to accept yourself first before reaching out to others, otherwise you may take the person’s reaction personally. Another article for another time.)

You don’t know people’s stories and what their going through. A small gesture of kindness, even if not demonstrated right away, can have such an uplifting spirit for that person. I interact and make it a point to remember people’s first names. This week specially, it’s been fun and silly to do so because half of the time I’m either gently blown off or sincerely thanked. And you know what? I could care less of those who don’t embrace because it’s worth every effort when I get someone to smile.

7 ways to use sticky notes productively at work

As I was wrapping up the first quarter at my work, I couldn’t help but notice how overwhelmed I was feeling the last few days. Well, once I looked down between my monitor and keyboard it was clear why.

Man covered in yellow notes

Man covered in yellow notes

A puddle of colorful sticky notes, going in different directions had developed. Constant interruptions, little tasks here and there I thought I could do “quickly later” had piled up. Luckily, after taking a step back, not only did I implement new simple techniques, but was able to improve only ones already in place.