We live in a time of selfishness. It's about wanting more and doing less to get it. We ask "what's in it for me?" when someone asks a favor. We're so busy we don't like to be inconvenienced for nothing.
There's competition in the workplace. We vie for recognition, raises, promotions. We want more money or prestige and often walk all over someone else to get it.
Layoffs abound. People worry about how they will survive and so kindness is put on the back burner and ruthlessness takes its place.
But, does that really make us more productive? Can we truly win the race walking over people? Can any business survive without kindness? Why would anybody want to work or shop in a place without nice people?
|How kind of Caroline to help Stuart|
with his crossword.
1. to set alight or start to burn
2. to arouse or be aroused the project kindled his interest
3. to make or become bright
2. A kind act.
Kindle Kindness--to light or make bright the quality of being friendly, generous, considerate.
Being kind is essential to work and life but in the stress of work we sometimes forget this important quality. Unfortunately being nice isn't something that comes naturally but has to be a conscious effort.
Kindling kindness is more than just saying the words. You have to model kindness. How can we do this at work?
- Help others. Volunteer. Don't wait to be asked.
- Find something nice to say, especially to the person who is always negative.
- Respect others and their opinion. Feel free to disagree but don't attack the person.
- Let it go--as long as it's done right does it really matter how it got done?
- Less gossip, more encouragement.
- Be patient with everyone, but especially the new people.
- Think of ways you can share a smile: secret presents, bring breakfast, buy someone a Coke.
- Before you say it TNK:
- is it True?
- is it Nnecessary?
- is it Kind?
These are just a few things I could think of to be kind in the workplace. What are things you can do at your work? Has anyone shown kindness to you?