Good morning … or is it?

Most admins would probably agree that saying a friendly “hello” or “good morning” to co-workers and bosses is good office etiquette.

What do you do when your greetings fall on deaf ears?

That’s what one admin asked re­­cently on the Admin Pro Forum. “I get joy out of saying good morning to co-workers. Not everyone is a morning person, but I think it’s rude not to acknowledge someone when they speak to you. What should I try, to connect with the silent few who don’t respond?”

Fellow admins echoed her frustrations and offered their own tips for addressing the situation.

•  Let it go. Say your hellos and be known for your courtesy but don’t let it bug you,” writes Sharon. “There have been times when I have been so wrapped up in my own multitasking brain that I walked right past people with no acknowledgment—it had nothing to do with them.”

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•  Personalize your greeting. Sherry says she finds that addressing people by their first name is more likely to get a response than a general greeting. Melissa suggested tailoring your wording so it requires a response like, “Good morning. How are you?”

•  Seek to connect in other ways. “If people don’t respond that may be a clue that they need some extra attention, maybe a listening ear,” writes Deborah Creps. “Give them room and seek an opportunity to do something nice for them.”

Saying “good morning” makes things less awkward when you inevitably have to address your co-worker later in the day. Start the day off on the right foot and avoid potential stressors later in the day.