Valentine’s Day isn’t the only holiday in February where we have the opportunity to show others we care. February 10-16th was international Random Acts of Kindness week and Monday, February 17th marks Random Acts of Kindness day.
Not meant to be grand gestures or meticulously planned events (leave those for impressing your significant other on Valentine’s Day), random acts of kindness are just that – random, unexpected little actions that inspire humanity in our self and in others. In fact, according to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (www.randomactsofkindness.org), research shows how little acts of kindness can boost the overall health and wellness of those who give and receive such acts.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 20 workplace-oriented acts of kindness to start the conversation. This list is by no means finite; there are unlimited ways to be kind at work. Try one of our ideas or come up with one of your own. It only takes a few minutes to start spreading the love but we have to warn you, being kind can be contagious.
- Bring your teammate or coworker their favorite coffee house coffee
- Say “thank you” (and mean it) to the person who did you a favor
- Say “great job” to the person who managed a job well done
- Carpool to work one day
- Hold the door or elevator for someone
- Offer to lend your talent to a project outside of your regular responsibilities
- Offer your time
- Flash someone your award-winning smile
- Close the office early one Friday
- Extend someone’s project deadline
- Lend an ear
- Put out a bowl of candies or nuts for the office staff to share
- Reassure someone
- Clean out the office refrigerator or tidy the office kitchen
- Organize a mini food drive within the office
- Have the staff adopt a family in need
- Donate used office equipment to charity
- Ask a co-worker to lunch and DON’T talk about business
- Check in with customer(s) WITHOUT having an agenda
Pay it forward