Have you heard that today is World Kindness Day? First introduced in 1998, it is the day where people are encouraged to spread positivity and promote good deeds by pledging acts of kindness. Aiming to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness, this movement is gaining popularity over years. Increasing numbers of people, schools, charities, institutions and businesses are taking part in celebrating the day by doing something nice for each other.
Showing kindness can be the greatest gift you can give to people, and you don’t even need money to do it. In the workplace, doing a simple act of kindness can do so much to cheer and brighten up a coworker’s day amidst his crushing deadlines or mounting tasks. In fact, spreading kindness at work does not only bring a smile to employee’s face that and make them happier, but also improve productivity and creativity.
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To celebrate World Kindness Day, here are unexpected random acts of kindness you can implement to make your office a happier place to work!
- Wear your best smile when arriving at work and greet everyone on the hallway.
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Ask the coworkers next to your cubicle how they are and really listen to the answer.
- Make some cups of fresh coffee and bring them to your coworkers when they seem to have a bad morning.
- Bring some extra snacks with you and share them with coworkers.
- Make Monday more bearable by bringing in a treat for the entire team or department.
- Offer help or assistance to coworkers with difficult project.
- Give sincere compliments to your teammates for a job well done.
- Clean the microwave or fridge even if it isn’t your mess.
- Treat a coworker a coffee break or lunch.
- Be nice even to someone you dislike at work.
- Only give a constructive criticism to your team mates, even if you you find they are guilty at something.
- If you see your colleague is about to make a mistake, try to warn and prevent it smoothly. However, don’t intervene too much because most people won’t appreciate it.
- Offer unsolicited advice.
- Have a grudge on someone because they talk bad about you behind your back? Let it go.
- Give yourself a break you deserve.
- Share your knowledge and expertise, especially someone new at work.
- Buy ice creams and leave them of the fridge, then invite everyone to take it.
- Tell a joke to lighten up the mood.
- Don’t gossip and spread baseless rumors.
- Forgive someone eventhough they never apologize.
- Share a positive thought with your coworkers.
- Start a conversation with the delivery person, janitor, or handyman.
- Volunteer to mentor an inexperienced coworker.
- Offer a coworker a ride home.
- Pass on shopping vouchers you don’t need.
- Say “please” and “thank you”.
- Put your phone away when talking to others.
- Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name.
- Give a genuine recommendation to someone on their LinkedIn or other business network profile.
So, what acts of kindness you have done today?
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