Posted on: 13 November 2019
Making a difference on World Kindness Day by paying it forward
As many of us spend a large portion of our time at work, it’s no wonder we should try and make it as nice a place as possible. This World Kindness Day we are giving you some tips to help give you some good karma, and hopefully improve the lives of people around you.
Creating strong connections with the people you work with is one of the best ways of improving your work environment. Research has found that not only do workplace friendships increase your productivity, but people get sick less often, experience less depression, learn faster and remember longer, tolerate pain and discomfort better and display more mental sharpness. Go and socialise, ask someone to lunch, buy someone a coffee while you’re out – the little things matter.
John Bunyan once said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Giving a moment of your time to help someone lift some boxes, proofread a document or even just give advice, can really make a difference to someone’s day but can allow for solid relationships to flourish.
Lend an ear
Encouraging people to talk to you is a great way of getting to know someone and understanding encourages teamwork which will ultimately heighten performance. Creating a safe environment for discussion is something we should encourage, both between colleagues and in more senior members of the business. If you notice your friend looking disgruntled, make the effort to let them know if you need to talk to someone.
Here are even more quick-fire things you can do to be kinder at work:
- Surprise a teammate with treat on their birthday or work-iversary
- Hold the elevator for the person behind you
- Bring fancy coffee to the front desk staff
- Relay the positive feedback you heard about someone’s work if they weren’t there to hear it first-hand
- Offer some positive feedback yourself with a hand-written thank you
- Smile at someone
- Say good morning/good night
Remember, everyone is fighting an invisible battle. Be kind not only to yourself but to others, and the universe will thank you.