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The past few days have seen me reflecting on work performance as stipulated by our bosses or HR, and also the idea that sometimes, the little things that we do really matter and it cannot be quantified by any form of performance management system. As people, we make a great difference in the little things we do, and we are so much more than what a checklist wants us to be. . Recently, I was told that my positive energy really helped to brighten up the office. The thing is, I don’t see myself as someone brimming with excitement and positivity. I’m just a regular person who would like to make a living, make a difference, and learn new skills. I cannot explain why I do this, but every morning when I get to work I will say “Good morning” to anyone I walk past. I will also say hello to people I walk past in the corridors, whether I know them or not. It turns out, this really made a difference to others. I was told that just by me saying good morning, and just by me listening to other colleagues share about their day, it helped create a positive working culture. . Did I do anything extraordinary? Absolutely not. . I also spoke to a more senior colleague today who was feeling a bit down because he has been told that his work performance is below expectations. We had a good chat about it, but I affirmed him that he has been a very important presence to the other younger ones in the team. He has been the person we go to with life and work problems, and he is a stable, calm presence that will always share his wisdom with us. This, I said, had very great impact to the others around him and this cannot he quantified. I urged him to see his work performance as just a small part of his aptitude as a member of the staff, and he is very good at what really matters: building others and making a difference in our lives. . I’m pretty sure he didn’t do all that just so that he can get a good review at work, but it was out of the goodwill of his heart. As we get busy, we lose sight of what is really important. I think we should always make time to talk to others around us, whether over coffee or during breaks. . What kind words did you say today?