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Code of conduct

Now, have you said hello to your colleague?

Published söndag 13 mars 2011 kl 17.19
"If you don't say hello, it is seen as nonchalant". Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

A rule put in writing pointing out that you should greet your colleagues at work - is that really necessary? Well, yes, according to a newspaper that went through a tricky transition period, the newsagency TT reports. "The atmosphere is much better now," says Pernilla Berghé, editor at Blekinge Läns Newspaper, BLT.

A merger of the sports department at BLT and the competitor Sydöstran brought the problems to the surface - people did not greet each other which led to people feeling annoyed and uncomfortable.

The prescription from the management was - among others - to introduce a written code of conduct, which stipulates that you should greet everybody you meet for the first time in the morning. "If you bump into the same person again during the day, it is sufficient with a nod or a smile," TT reports.

When you leave at the end of the day, you should say goodbye to those closest around you. Greetings in the staircase, on the way to and from the bathroom as well as the lunchroom is also expected. "The main thing is that you SEE each other. Not to greet each other in these situations is seen as nonchalant," Bernilla Berghé told TT.

She added that: "Sure, there were those who found it silly to begin with, but it has had an effect. Now people greet each other almost excessively polite, but it is with a humorous twinkle in the eye."

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