We’ve all heard the sayings.
“Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see”, “have the courage to be kind”, and “kindness costs nothing, but means everything.” Kindness is a word you may have heard a lot lately, and we believe it’s a word you need to be paying attention to. Especially in the workplace.
We believe kindness in the workplace could be the secret ingredient you’ve been searching for.
Company culture is a delicate balancing act. Too much of a results-driven focus can make it difficult for the softly-spoken to feel comfortable, while too many feel-good vibes can lead to less overall progress being made. And without an even balance between the two, and everything in between, your company’s culture can see-saw, attracting more of the same types of people and deterring diversity.
That’s where kindness comes in.
Kindness is a universally acknowledged trait that has the power to bring everyone together.
Uniting your team to work towards the common goals of the company can be one of the most powerful goals you ever achieve. Which makes everyone feel good because it feels great to be part of a team that’s achieving great things together.
This, in turn, leads to happier employees, and we don’t need to tell you that happy employees are more productive, stay longer with your company, and even create more happy employees!
So how can you harness the secret powers of kindness in your workplace?
Sharing Your Knowledge
They say two minds are better then one, but what about a whole team of minds? We each have different strengths and skill sets, and when we work together we can definitely achieve more. So let your team know you are always happy to answer any questions they may have, and work together on projects and tasks where ever possible!
Mentoring A Team Member
Work can be overwhelming. We’ve all been there. Maybe you were new to a company and trying to find your feet, or learning a new skill set to expand your capabilities. What ever the reason, someone to guide you through that process can make a positive impact to your progress and your confidence. So why not be that person? Mentoring a fellow team member is a fantastic way to support the individual, the team and company as a whole.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Is someone working extra hard? Tell them you’ve noticed all their great work. Going to the kitchen? See if your neighbouring teammates need anything. See a co-worker with their arms full? Open the door for them, or offer to help carry a few things.
Make Eye Contact and Smile
As little as it may seem, eye contact and a smile can completely turn someone’s day around for the better. Think of all those times you were walking down the street and someone caught your eye with a big smile. It’s contagious! Bring this into your workplace and spread it around.
Say Good Morning and Goodnight
Walking in for the day? Share some morning cheer with your team members and greet them with a cheery “Good Morning!”. Leaving for the night? Wish the team a great night. Simple forms of kindness like this can open up lines of communication with your team, and help to strengthen your relationships.
It’s the little things in life that matter, and kindness is the same. Kindness can be the secret ingredient that creates a harmonious company culture, balancing diversity and uniting your team to progress your company forward.