When attendance was taking at school, each student had to say “here”. At the time, I didn’t think about whether I was really there.
Due to the twists and turns of life, I have to share every morning with my daughter until she enters school; I always wonder, will they still take attendance? Because of this, when I arrive at the office, most of the team is already at work.
This allows me to perform one of the most important tasks of my day: greeting my colleagues. To do this, I have to make a tour of the different rooms, offices and workstations. Every interaction gives me energy, whether it’s just a handshake, a kiss, or a brief conversation about work and/or personal matters. Per day there are 30 to 40 interactions.
By the time I arrive at my workstation, in the innovation area, everyone’s greeting has left me full of energy, new ideas and initiatives to face the day, which is vital in this field and I could assure that it applies to any position or area.
What is the most challenging thing?
Getting the labels off people. One of the most difficult for me was the position. Since each one implies things, for example, it was not easy to overcome the feeling of bothering important and very busy people. Gender also has an impact because it can determine the type of greeting and the way people relate to each other. Other labels that are difficult to remove are those that we place on ourselves based on their personality, or those that other people have passed on to us. They all condition something as simple as a good morning greeting.
Can all the labels be removed?
It does not seem to be easy. Some can be removed, to the extent that we are aware and others we simply realize that they condition us, it is an exercise of constant review to remove them and not let them restrict our way of relating.
Where does the energy come from?
From the daily interaction with the people who make up our teams. By interacting, we recharge ourselves, we remember that we are alive, that we belong to the same team, that we try to do our best and that we can face the series of things that take away our energy day by day, such as the simple fact of using devices, which in my case is a must.
Through this small check-in we are already promoting innovation. It is surprising that the simple fact of leaving the channel open eases subsequent collaboration, where we improve processes, solutions or services.