I walked by a coworker today that I rarely see or talk to. As we exchanged pleasantries she responded to my question of, “How are ya?” with something that pleasantly caught me off guard.
She said, “I’m great, and I hope you are, too.”
I have never had anyone respond quite like that before. I really enjoyed the thought that she sincerely hoped that I was having a great day. As we walked away from each other (this was all in passing, remember) I couldn’t help but think that if more people were like her the workplace (and the world, for that matter) would be a much more pleasant place.
I challenge you to try to give a coworker a sincere compliment today. Throw them off guard with something they wouldn’t expect. Maybe they look really good in their scarf, or their shoes are especially shiny or something. I guarantee they will look at you a bit differently from now on.