The best thing about kindness is that it spreads. This is why kindness is foundational in creating a workplace environment that welcomes people and invites joy. For the majority of us, the standard 40-hour work week is a lot to contend with. The last thing anyone needs is the added dread, stress, and anxiety of an unhappy workplace. In fact, The Muse reports that happy employees are 12 per cent more productive than unhappy employees. Clearly, there’s profit in treating your employees and co-workers right—and it starts with a just a little bit of kindness. Here are some ways to promote kindness at work.
Greet Each Other With Intention
It’s easy to dive right into the work and get lost in your to-do list. That’s why you’re there, of course. But taking a moment to greet the people on your team or in your office fosters connection and makes people feel valued. The key, however, is to do it with intention. Look the other person in the eye, smile warmly at them and offer a greeting that is genuine and fully present.
Have Meaningful Conversations
Having meaningful conversations with someone is a great way to make them feel seen, heard, and valued. After all, every workplace is really a collective of people with individual lives and stories—stories that don’t often get a chance to be told. Meaningful conversations open up emotional and intellectual channels of communication that help us truly see each other. The more people get to know each other, the more people begin to feel like a team.
Celebrate One Another
Everyone deserves to be recognized for their work. Celebrating wins, both big and small, makes people feel good about themselves and the work they’re doing. Not only that, celebrating each other’s achievements and efforts helps combat the jealousy, disdain, and resentment that often pervade super competitive workplace environments.
The truth is that nobody at the workplace accomplishes anything all on their own. The way that gears and cogs in a machine work in tandem to keep things running is the same way lots of individuals in a company work together toward the same goals. Gratitude, which is apparent in small favours such as offering to take the burden of tasks off of someone else in the team, shows that you are appreciative of the people around you. Kindness has a contagious effect—your kind acts might inspire the receiver of your kindness to be kind to someone else—and it could all circle back to you.
Engage in Small Acts Of Kindness
Kind words may be a basic solution, but words are powerful tools. A compliment, a cute message on a post-it, a kindness board—all examples of breathing kindness into the workplace—are small actions that can go the longest way. Not only are words memorable, they can also inspire people to believe in the work they’re doing. Spreading messages of kindness is a great way to make people feel good about themselves and the workplace they’re in.
Jericho Tadeo | Contributing Writer