Kindness is often more than just an act or gesture — it is a movement. One kind gesture can lead to another, ultimately creating good in the world. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and location.
Kindness also has a huge role to play within inclusion, especially in the workplace and especially after the last two years where we have been going through a pandemic. Organizations must realize that if they want to get the best out of people, they need to be treated with kindness as this helps them feel valued and that they belong.
So, how can you show kindness at the workplace?
Few ways all of us can show kindness at work:
- Say Thank You
If someone has done an excellent job thank them in a way that they would want to be thanked. It does not need to be big but will show an employee they feel valued.
- Set time aside to get know your colleagues
A few years ago, I had a great HR Director who once a month would gather the team together for a cup of tea and a chat. He would personally make every person a cup of tea and bring cake or biscuits. Such a small act of kindness from him had a huge impact on the morale of the team and it is something I will never forget.
- Pay it forward
Like in the film, instead of owing someone a favour, do something kind for the next person. Whether it is buying someone a coffee, helping a colleague with a challenging task or listening to a friend when they have had a tricky day, put some time into helping a person in need.
Kindness has a huge role to play within #inclusion, especially in the workplace and especially after the last two years where we have been going through a pandemic. Organizations must realize that if they want to get the best out of people, they must treat these people with kindness as this helps them feel valued and that they belong.
“Think Inclusion, Think Kindness”