The power of kindness: Transforming your workplace culture

Let’s talk about kindness in the workplace. This isn’t just something that is nice to do because you are a nice person, kindness plays a pivotal role in building connections and creating a stronger and more positive work culture.

It is important for organisations and their leaders to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to kindness. Clients and consumers have started to vote with their wallets as to whether an organisation aligns with their values, and kindness is the new currency! But kindness affects so much more than just the bottom line.

The benefits of a kind and positive workplace are endless-

  • Companies see a 12x increased odds an organisation will thrive when employees feel connected.
  • Employees who feel their coworkers are supportive and caring are more likely to have a positive work-life balance and be less likely to experience burnout.
  • Employees who develop strong connections are 11x more likely to stay with their organisations for at least another year and 3x more likely to stay three more years.
  • Employees who work in a supportive and respectful work environment are more likely to be engaged and productive.

A kind work environment helps organisations attract and retain top talent. Usually, people are drawn to environments where they feel valued and supported, making these places to work more enjoyable and fulfilling. On a personal level, when you are kind to your coworkers, it helps to build trusting and strong relationships which in turns helps to reduce related stress and conflict.

Introducing kindness into the workplace is something that everyone can get involved in. We have outlined below some great ways to introduce kindness into your workplace culture.

Encourage Positive Communications- Encourage open and honest communication and be sure to listen to others with an open mind.

Show Appreciation– Take the time to thank and recognise your coworkers for their challenging work and contribution.

Be Inclusive- Effort to include others and involve everyone in group activities and decision-making.

Offer Support– Be there to support your coworkers when they need help or have a problem.

Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know- They’ll be happy to make a new work friend and expand their interaction with others.

Tell your boss how great they are– Leaders need recognition too but are often overlooked.

Kindness in the workplace pays on so many levels. In today’s climate, organisations are not only judged on their bottom line and profits, but also on the kindness it provides employees, customers, and the rest of the world. It is worth discussing with your team what random acts of kindness you can introduce to your workplace culture to make it a happier place for all.


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