9 Ways to Foster a Culture of Kindness At Work

Have you ever heard of the saying, “A happy hut is better than a gloomy castle”? To make your workplace a positive and productive place to work in, it begins with having good relationships with your coworkers. It’s simple and easy to do. Just a simple act of kindness can go along way and brighten someone’s days. Not only that it’ll help others feel good, it’ll also make you feel good as it brings a sense of meaning to your life. Let’s see how you can do it.

1. Smile

A good start to anything begins with a smile. Don’t worry about how your smile looks, just smile. People will take notice of your openness and how welcoming you are, which makes you approachable. This is important when working with anyone, be it your coworkers or clients.

2. Get Acquainted 

Make time to get to know your coworkers by talking to them to learn more about them outside of work. Small talk is a good way to start. You can ask them about their weekend, previous work experiences, plans, and so on. This will help you develop better work relationships, which will be helpful if you have to work together closely.

3. Support 

When you notice that your coworkers are in need of help, offer your support. This will make your coworkers feel that you care about them and are willing to help them in times of need. In turn, it can help to promote a culture of support within the organization. Remember, it’s a collective effort that drives success and pushes the organization forward.

4. Recognize

If your coworkers help you with something or do a great job on a task or project, recognize them for it. There are many ways to recognize your coworkers’ effort, you can announce it during meetings or on any common platform used in the organization, inform their managers, take them to lunch, and so on.

5. Appreciate

“Thank you” is the golden word that shows your appreciation to others, which will make them feel valued for their efforts. You can thank your coworkers for their hard work and their support, your manager for their feedback, your clients for supporting the business, your family and friends for being there for you, and so on.

6. Be Considerate

Take others’ feelings into consideration when you say or do anything. For instance, if you have comments or feedback to share, think about how you will say it, including the words that you will use, or respect everyone’s time by attending the meeting on time. Another example is when you see someone carrying a lot of things, you can open the door for them or help them carry some of the things.

7. Listen

Pay attention to someone by listening attentively to them shows that what they say matters to you. Not only that it helps to improve your relationships with others, it also helps to minimize the mistakes that may occur from the miscommunication and make working more productive.

8. Give Suggestions

Giving suggestions, if done right, is one of the effective ways to help others have a better idea of which direction to go toward. For instance, if you know that someone is struggling with a certain task that you have done before, you can give suggestions to help them understand the task better.

9. Sharing Snacks

Who doesn’t love snacks? Bringing some snacks with you and sharing it with others is a random act of kindness, which everyone will appreciate. If you know that one of your coworkers is feeling unwell, you can buy his/her favorite snack (if you know) to cheer him/her up.

Being kind to others can make the workplace a happier place to work in. Not only will your relationships with others improve, your work will also run more smoothly, knowing that you have a good support system to rely on, so keep being kind to each other.




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