03 Nov Kindness in The Workplace
Workplace stress is a problem for many people. The majority of people report feeling stress during their workdays. One way companies can help reduce team members’ stress levels is by encouraging more kindness in the workplace. Encouraging kindness does not require a big budget or a planning committee.
Why Does Kindness Matter in The Workplace
When a workplace has high levels of stress it can cause:
- Back Pain
- Heart Diseases
- Weakened Immunity
When a workplace has kindness it can :
- Provide an antidote to workplace stress
- Increase Engagement
- Boost Productivity
- Inspire Loyalty
- Strengthen Job Satisfaction
- Inspire More Kindness
- Creat Confidence
How to Create More Kindness at Work
- Build a Habit of Gratitude
- A demonstration of gratitude is both a kindness itself and a response to kindness. It is what keep employees paying it forward.
- Recognize What’s Important
- Publically announcing top performers can boost a team’s productivity along with making the top performers feel acknowledged.
- Demonstrate appreciation for a team member on their birthday and work anniversaries.
- Commit to Random Acts of Kindness
- Studies suggest that out-of-the-blue kindness can be just as effective as regular expressions of gratitude and recognition.
- Small light-hearted gestures can boost the happiness and wellbeing of the giver and the reciever.
- Supply Healthy Snacks and Lunches
- Feeding your team can reduce the stress of finding time to prep food. Even if it is just bringing in donuts for breakfast, pizza for lunch, or have a snack table with some bars, drinks, and chips to refuel your workers.
- Give Honest, Thoughtful Feedback
- Share positive feed back and when an employee is struggling, support them in finding a solution.
- Lead By Example
- Avoid negative language.
- Don’t criticize or command.
- Balance constructive feedback with positive feedback.
- Start emails with a compliment.
- Smile and greet people (in your building or on chat), whether you know them or not.
- Go out of your way to show a new employee the ropes.
- Connect with colleagues on LinkedIn and give them glowing reviews.
- Point out someone’s strengths at your next meeting.
- Allow it all to work as a two-way street.
There are many ways to define kindness within your company culture. If you want improved mental health, greater productivity, and lower workplace stress then increasing the kindness in your company may be just what you need.
Be Kind. From your friends at Sava Insurance!