February 17, 2020
Each of us has most likely experienced both kindness and cruelty in the workplace. Perhaps a co-worker made you feel special on your birthday by gifting you something you love or your boss badmouthed you even after you diligently finished a project.
<p>It's frustrating, isn't it—being on the receiving end of a cruel comment or bad situation?</p><p>By negatively contributing to workplace culture, you are:</p><ol class="ee-ol"><li>Increasing absentee rates of employees.</li><li>Creating a disruptive environment, lacking in inspiration and productivity.</li><li>Causing a high turnover rate of employees (costing your company a lot more money).</li></ol><p>Statistics from the <a href="https://hbr.org/2015/12/proof-that-positive-work-cultures-are-more-productive" target="_blank">Harvard Business Review</a> also prove that positive workplace cultures are more productive because:</p><ul class="ee-ul"><li>550 million people lose their jobs every year to stress.</li><li>60-80% of workplace disagreements co-workers are related to stress.</li></ul><p>So, how can <em>you</em> show acts of kindness in your office? </p><p>You can be an antidote to a bad workplace culture. Be someone who contributes inspiration, positive self-esteem, and good news. Doing so can help create a less disruptive world around us, too. </p><p><strong>Do not glaze over the importance of being kind to your boss and co-workers, just because they don't fall into the realm of family or friends.</strong> All of us spend so much of our lives at work, it can become a prosaic environment absent of creativity and goodwill...unless you start being kinder.</p><p>At Work It Daily, we advocate boosting company morale and employee health, so here are three easy ways to do so!</p>
1. Create A Compliment Box<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjc3MjM0NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NTcxODEwMn0.1i71cSRw-2e2kwhsBoJ8JjDYHVEdMk-X8IBMw3cTF_c/img.jpg?width=980" id="9e7d7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b2cc04cd2fc1e71bbac55c6919e55677" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Women compliments her co-workers on Random Acts of Kindness Day" /><p>Many offices provide suggestion boxes, which offer feedback anonymously geared towards the overall department. This easy and simple method has worked for years. Why not use this same concept for a Compliment Box?</p><p><strong>In this box, everyone can be encouraged to write positive words about their co-workers.</strong></p><p>Write compliments on a piece of paper, fold it up, and drop it in the box! In staff meetings, one person can <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-compliment-your-coworkers" target="_blank">read the compliments</a> out loud, which can be an influential technique that makes people feel good about their jobs and who they work with.</p>
2. Commit To Random Acts of Kindness<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjc3MjMzNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5ODE5NTM0Mn0.A4SG7AakTZnU99oTs96Yt_Er-KN6xMF5_u9DFnzzoks/img.jpg?width=980" id="6a104" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="212c6c04fe5c5fd1b37c94e09459d6c1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Co-workers participate in Random Acts of Kindness Day" /><p>Random acts of kindness—those actions that create a burst of joy with no hidden agenda, can be extremely gratifying for both the giver and receiver.</p><p><strong>Examples:</strong></p><ul><li>Offer to buy a co-worker lunch or coffee.</li><li>Give someone a glowing recommendation to their boss.</li><li>Organize a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/community-service-in-the-workplace" target="_blank">charity drive</a>.</li><li>Smile and say hello to everyone you pass in the hallways.</li><li>Brush ice or snow off co-workers' cars in the parking lot.</li></ul>
3. Don't Join the Negative Nancies<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjc3MjMzNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTg0NDIyMn0.Ftqd72AvxSHfLIvGgEtPGwsv5KHatWKppAZcsde5I3U/img.jpg?width=980" id="0bae6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5ef4bd84f66c4ce88d1866f2d94d9342" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Professional man encourages better workplace culture with random acts of kindness" /><p>Just because someone around you is spreading rumors, gossiping, or engaging in negativity in any shape in the workplace, it doesn't qualify as an invitation for you to join in.</p><p><span></span>Stand up. <strong>Say something or stop rumors from spreading, for example, when you know they aren't true.</strong> Or, try to approach <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/signs-of-a-terrible-coworker" target="_blank">Negative Nancies</a> with the most compassion and kindness—sometimes they are the ones who need it the most.</p>
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