With a quick search, you can find lots of articles detailing the benefits of kindness in the workplace. There is a change in the air (and not just because summer is ending) and employers and employees alike are turning to an honest heart change to make positive and lasting changes in their workplace.
In the nuances of the workplace environment, there are so many ways to make a change, leading to happier employees, greater productivity, and an increased bottom-line, so much so that it can be overwhelming. So let's keep it simple and stick to one of the universal basic needs: kindness.
Seems obvious doesn't? I mean, treat others as you would like to be treated yourself, right? But how many of us are intentionally practicing it? According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, when the opposite, rudeness, is prevalent in your workplace, employees are 3 times less likely to help others!
With that out of the way, let's get down to it. As an employee, here are a few ways that you can encourage kindness in your workplace:
Stop and listen: Asking your colleague this morning, "how are you doing?", was great, but did you actually listen to their answer? No judgment here if you didn't! A simple question can become routine. Listening to the answer and engaging in it can be a big step in growing connection!
Look for opportunities to help: Helping others can be a great positivity boost for both yourself and the colleague that you are lending a hand to! So be on the lookout for an employee in need and you'll be surprised by your intentionality and the change it brings.
Make time: This one is a catch-all. Both previous suggestions take time so you're going to have to make some if you want to be intentional. It is a resource that you can't get back so giving it is a true act of kindness.
We know that these are simple suggestions but that's the point! The simple things build into a greater change. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, helps build a great work environment.
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