How kindness in the workplace will strengthen your team

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Imagine this scenario.You arrive at the office at 8:55 AM and get things set up to begin your day. A couple of hours later, your colleague asks, “Where is Jim today? No one has seen him all morning. You reply, “That’s strange, maybe he just slept in!” In reality, Jim didn’t show up to work that morning because he suffers from burn out and can’t get out of bed.

The Reality

Although Jim is a fictional character in this story, the truth is that this could have easily been any one of your colleagues or even yourself.

Technology has evolved in tremendous ways, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. It carries many positive attributes – easy access to information, flexibility and convenience.  We couldn’t get our work done without it! But it has also one large downfall: the overlap of work into personal life.

Answering emails at 11PM is familiar to many people.  Although the constant connectivity is efficient and profitable in some ways, it can greatly impact the health of employees.

Kindness as Office Policy

What is that old saying, “Everything in moderation?” The concept should be aligned with the company’s work ethic and involvement during non-work hours as well.

It goes without saying that sometimes employees need the kindness and support of their fellow colleagues to help them through a difficult time. Taking the initiative to provide support is a great way to show a sense of empathy and strength as a team.

According to the Huffington Post:

“Sometimes we simply need each other. Given the numerous studies over several decades, proving repeatedly that a supportive work environment is good for both the employees and the business, to create policies that ignore our human interdependence seems significantly counterproductive.”

A few tips

Listen

Pay attention to what your colleagues say. If they mention feeling overwhelmed or stressed, offer assistance. If your co-worker really is struggling with something, chances are they will appreciate the kind gesture.

Share tasks

It’s easy to get caught up in your own work. But occasionally, sharing tasks can be a great way to change the routine. It also provides a way to assist someone who has  more on their plate than usual.

Get out of the office

A group activity with colleagues is a chance for everyone to get together to go over work related matters.  It’s also a great way to get re-acquainted with your colleagues in a more personal setting. Succeeding professionally doesn’t mean you can’t show a sense of mutual respect within the workplace.

Do you have any suggestions on how to bring more kindness into the workplace? Leave a comment below!

Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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