Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Gov. Nikki Haley wants all state employees to have a new greeting when they answer the phone: "It's a great day in South Carolina, how can I help you."
Haley made the suggestion at her cabinet meeting Tuesday.
"It sounds elementary, but I think it's important for the state," Haley said.
Haley told her cabinet to make sure every person used the new greeting, and not just the main line for the agency.
"I want people to feel positive," Haley said. "It will put the employees in a good mood. It will make them appreciate their job."
The governor said she believes it will also serve another, more practical purpose.
"It will remind them who it is that they work for," she said. "I think it will set a good tone in state government."
Haley said she knows saying the greeting will be awkward for employees at first, but she said she wants to send the message that the state is changing for the better.