Embrace World Kindness Day Activities At Work
Talking about kindness at work is one of the most uncommon topics for employees to address. We're more expected to display compassion at home, with friends, in our community, and at school.
However, because we're all too busy and competitive, the office is one location where compassion isn't valued and is much missed.
With Covid-19 turning our lives upside down, we are now refocusing on what matters the most. We try to appreciate all the small and large things in life. Covid-19 has also impacted employees and corporate life on a large scale.
What began as a Tokyo conference effort by the World Kindness Movement 21 years ago has grown into a global movement that reminds everyone of the power of kindness.
World Kindness Day celebrated on the 13th of November, is a celebration that emphasizes the value of treating others, oneself, and the world with kindness. The goal of this day is for everyone to recognize that kindness is what brings us all together.
We can overcome political, racial, religious, gender, and other barriers with love and kindness. So, why can’t we just be kind to each other in our workplaces and make workplaces a little more bearable?
"Be Kind whenever possible.
It is always possible" - Dalai Lama.
What does Workplace Kindness look like?
We all deserve and require Kindness today, more than ever. Kindness is very effective in staff management, and it improves people's lives and business.
Everyone feels happy when they share compassion, and it starts a chain reaction of Kindness.
The one thing that might set your business apart from others is Kindness. Particularly in our current work culture, where aggressive methods are often used above compassion.
Kindness attracts employees, fosters creativity, increases consumer sales, and even aids a company's recovery from adversity.
Suggested Read: "Is Your Culture One of Encouragement or Blame?" - John Brandon
Kindness may be a physical way of expressing thanks, but it's also a mental transformation that defines your company's culture.
As John Brandon, in his article, said, "You can only have one culture at a time." Either everyone has a critical attitude, or everyone has an encouraging attitude. Brandon writes,
"You have to choose the one that works."
5 Reasons to Value Kindness in the Workplace
Although it may appear self-evident, kindness plays an important role in the workplace. You must accept kindness to live and, more importantly, grow. Kindness and encouragement are prevalent in the workplace culture.
Here are a few reasons why:
1. A Kind Work Environment Will Attract Your Employees.
A positive and kind environment will lead to positive Employees. Employees will then create an environment in which people desire to work. Compassion is an important aspect of a good workplace.
Maintaining job satisfaction and work-related motivation requires a healthy work environment and culture. Look up for some work motivational through these motivational quotes.
- More people will be interested in working for you if your workplace is pleasant.
2. Kindness and Happiness are Linked.
Employees feel content and more engaged with the company when little gestures are made, such as celebrating birthdays, work anniversaries, and promotions.
It's also vital to remember that providing support at a difficult moment is crucial.
A cheerful note or a mental health day for your staff might go long.
3. Kindness Has a Cascading Effect.
- Kindness has a long-term influence in the workplace. When we treat someone with Kindness, they are more inclined to treat others with Kindness.
4. Kindness Strengthens Employee and Customer Relationships.
Kindness establishes an emotional bond between two individuals, resulting in new connections or strengthening existing ones.
Work is more pleasurable when you have a relationship with even just one individual.
5. Businesses Flourish Well When Done with Kindness.
Kindness makes people happy, and a positive mentality boosts productivity, creativity, and engagement on practically every level.
When you have a caring and engaged culture, your employees are more driven.
Celebrate World Kindness Day at Work:
According to the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, World Kindness Day is a "global 24-hour event committed to paying it forward and concentrating on the positive."
10 Random Activities to Celebrate World Kindness Day at Work:
Now that you know why workplace kindness is important, let's look at some methods to celebrate and show gratitude on World Kindness Day.
1. Write Kindness Cards:
Giving a positive comment to someone will surely brighten their day. It can be a quick message of thanks or a personalized letter describing how the individual has impacted your organization. Whatever you pick, make the acknowledgment personal and honest rather than generic.
"One word of Kindness can change someone's entire day."
2. Greet With a Smile:
Never underestimate the power of a smile, particularly at work. When you smile at someone, you indicate that you see your team and value their presence in the World. It creates a welcoming environment and breaks down boundaries. Smile and say hi to all your coworkers the next time you pass through the workplace.
"A warm smile is the Universal Language of Kindness" - William Ward.
3. Bake -A- Cake:
No one will say no to free food! You can bring in a treat for the team if you enjoy baking. Include your team in your baking presents, ask your team if they have any food allergies you should be aware of.
4. Little Social Media Validation:
On your company's Wall of Fame, like or remark on someone's achievement. Social, genuine acknowledgment makes the workplace nicer and increases the impact of recognition.
5. Be Creative; Kindness Jar for Joy:
Make a mason jar with "Spread Kindness" and decorate it. Place a sticky notepad next to it with "Share a kind remark about a coworker." Make a note of their names and place them in the jar.
Ask individuals to draw a slip of paper (if there are enough) and read aloud their remarks at the next staff meeting. Have one of the leaders read them out to the group.
"Remember, there's no such thing as a small act of Kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end" —Scott Adams.
6. Acknowledge Unsung Heroes:
Those whose tasks aren't necessarily obvious but show up every day and continuously perform admirably—those who are more reserved or don't desire the limelight. Make them feel irreplaceable and valued.
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." —William Wordsworth.
7. Celebrate Every Achievement:
Celebrate someone's recent work anniversary or a recent success, great or small, by bringing confetti, sweets, and balloons.
8. Organize a Street Clean-Up:
Consider arranging a street clean-up as one of your World Kindness Activities. You and your team will be proud of yourselves for cleaning up the roads. Remember to bring your gloves!
9. Go Green:
There are never enough trees on the earth, and trees supply a huge quantity of oxygen and store carbon and their natural beauty. If you love being outside, consider planting a tree to give back to the environment.
If your employer has the room, try forming a communal employee garden or a little courtyard park with your coworkers.
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees". - Amelia Earhart
10. Write a Letter of Recommendation:
Recommendations are essential, particularly in an era when layoffs have become unavoidable for certain businesses. Surprise a coworker by drafting a recommendation letter for them and emailing it to their inbox, whether or not their career is in hault. Make a follow-up and a LinkedIn post as well.
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community." —Anthony J. D'Angelo.
Anytime is the best time to participate in World Kindness Day activities.
Now is the time to show a little more Kindness in the World and do good deeds.
Things can be as simple as picking up the parcel of your neighbor who is out—helping your team member finish their projects on time. Kindness doesn't have to be difficult.
The list above is by no means comprehensive, but it might serve as a jumping-off point for ideas. For World Kindness Day activities, there are a variety of techniques you may use.
A small act of Kindness will go a long way. We can celebrate Kindness day every day and spread Happiness and positivity in others' life.
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