As co-workers, we spend a lot of time together. Sometimes we get along, and other times we may have our differences. Regardless, you’re a team, a family of sorts. That probably means we don’t show our appreciation for one another as often as we should. In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, here are 10 random acts of kindness that take mere moments to perform but offer lasting positive effects.
Let a co-worker know how much you enjoy working with them. Praise something specific that has helped you or your team.
2. Bury the Hatchet
If a disagreement has negatively impacted your working relationship with someone, initiate a conversation about it. Clean the slate and let them know you want to move past it.
3. One word…COFFEE
Office coffee is never as satisfying as the cup brewed by your local coffee roasters. Surprise someone with a coffee in the morning to start their day off right.
4. OK. Another Word…SNACK
Know someone desperately trying to avoid the office snacks? Bring in a healthy snack to share.
5. Break it Up
Is there someone in your office who always works too hard? Invite them to take a break and go for a walk.
6. Offer a Shoulder
We all get down at work sometimes. If someone you know has been having a tough time, write a note letting them know you have a shoulder they can lean on.
7. Simply Say Hello
If you’re in a common area or crossing paths with co-workers in the hall, don’t wait for the other person to say hello. Take the initiative to be warm and welcoming.
8. Smile More
To quote Mother Teresa, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Enough said.
9. Give Someone You’re not Such a Fan of a Real Compliment
Compliments are easy to give to people you get along with. Instead, try giving one to someone who you may normally butt heads with. Do it a few times over the week and you may even see your dynamic with this difficult co-worker start to shift!
Give a compliment to a co-worker you normally butt heads with. Do it a few times over the week and your dynamic with this colleague may start to shift!
10. Talk Someone Up to Their Boss
Offering someone’s boss positive feedback about their work is about as kind as you can get in the work place. You may even give that person the boost needed to get a promotion or a raise depending on the situation. Everyone needs to know they are appreciated and that their work is valued. Telling them directly certainly matters. But letting them know you told the boss takes it to a whole different level.
It may be Random Acts of Kindness Week, but these acts are worth incorporating into your everyday life. Get started today!