I work for a U.S.-based fully remote software startup. Except for my boss, I have not met any of my coworkers in person. Most are in India, a couple in Europe. We use Slack for communication.
If it's the first time I am contacting them on Slack on a given day, I always ask 'hi, how are you?' first, before proceeding with my question or other business. If it's the first communication of the week and it's a common channel, I always send my wishes for a productive week.
However, I am the only one. No one else practices this behavior. As an example, my boss was away for couple of weeks, and when he returned, he contacted me with a question, without saying 'hello' or asking how I have been.
Meanwhile, the company tries to maintain the semblance of a real workplace, and has 'fun Fridays', Halloween events, held over Zoom calls. But in my opinion, they fail in the simplest of civil conduct in every day transactions.
Is this normal? Am I expecting too much in this day and age? Thanks.