If you listen to the chatter in any meeting room, you’ll be battered by “synergy” and “disintermediate” and lots of other convoluted ways to say simple things. Some people have bought books or tapes on how to improve their careers via a bigger vocabulary.
In fact, everyone learned the magic words for business in kindergarten or before. Mostly likely you learned them from your mother because they are the same magic words that worked when you wanted a glass of milk, “please” and “thank you”.
Most people will drag out the magic words for their boss but they are every bit as important for peers and subordinates. A few bosses still think they can act like tyrants. They are mistaken. We operate in a free agent economy where workers feel free to leave in search of a better opportunity. People like to work in an environment where they are respected, appreciated and treated as responsible adults. Nothing says respects like regular application of “please” and “thanks”. And while you are at it, ask people how they are and how their job is going. Your interest will be appreciated and you might learn something important about your own company.
It would be nice if common courtesy was more common at work. My guess is that business would not only be more pleasant but I’ll bet that it would be more productive.