Is it worth spending the extra 5-10 seconds to open the door for this guy that’s 50 feet away from me…?
True Story: I’ve always tried to arrive early to appointments – especially when it involves the opportunity to getting hired for a gig. One time (earlier in my career), I was making my way to an interview and found myself at the building about 15 minutes early. Not necessarily wanting to wait in the 7th floor lobby, I waited downstairs on the first floor. I saw a lady approaching the building’s front glass doors – her hands were a little full, but manageable. She began shifting over some stuff to her left arm to open the door, when I speedily walked over to the door and opened it up for her. She gave me a little smile and walked on by. As she went in the elevators, I went back to my portfolio, making sure I didn’t have any typos in the documents.
About 5 minutes later, I jumped on the elevator and made my way up to the 7th floor and got started with the interview process. Feeling real good about my chances, I felt even better as the person I was interviewing with introduced me to the CEO of the firm. You got it – the lady from earlier that morning.
This guy took me to his superior for what was probably a ‘once over’ and a quick chat to get a feel on my capabilities, how I’d fit in with the firm, etc. I probably already had the gig; but the fact that I took that extra moment (nothing really major) to help her out, it took my acceptance rate to an entirely different level.
A little courtesy goes a long way. So, why not take that extra moment or two to
- Help your colleague with that project – it will not only help save some time, it will strengthen your team, as well.
- Open that door for that guy/gal coming your way – it would do your parents proud and spread the idea that little courtesies can help alleviate some stress, time and energy.
- Yuck it up – that 5-10 minutes you take away from ‘work’ will give you some new energy and a ‘new set of eyes’ when you get back to it.
- Share what you know with what you may think is your competition in your own team – there’s a good chance that by sharing, you will both grow and support one another in times of trouble and need.
Those little moments will add up.