Compassion. Humbleness. Kindness. These days to be confused with weakness, fragility, or vulnerability… but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We all have heard the age old saying, “a little kindness goes a long way,” but how often do we remember to bring that mindset to our workplace?
Stressful morning commutes, rushing breakfast, lack of coffee… all can contribute to a less-than-kind attitude. And burnouts at work happen, we’ve all been there. But do you know how negativity affects those around you?
Think of a poor attitude as a bad germ. It infects your teammates and employees and brings them down.
Reading this article I learned that, “A lot of [research] finds that when people get burned out, they’re actually not feeling caring and compassion at all — the pressure to express these emotions is just another load on top of them. So managers can’t come in with a one-hour workshop that forces employees to act in ways that are inconsistent with their needs. It has to come from a place of authenticity, or at least cultural internalization, not something employees are complying with because it’s what the boss wants. Also, the research on emotional contagion shows that people are particularly likely to catch the emotions of their leaders. Unfortunately, people in power tend to be the worst at taking the perspective of others.”
Emotional contagion. Often overlooked and forgotten that most of the time, emotions breed similar emotions in others when exposed to them. How will you break the cycle of negativity and multiply your efforts of kindness?
Think of kindness as the good germ, battling to spread and cultivate itself. Kindness is actually good for you. It’s healthy for us biologically speaking, and it just plain makes you feel good. So what’s stopping you?
… We hope nothing! We’ve put together this eBook with 75 random acts of kindness and low cost kindness ideas to aid you in infecting your workplace. It not only builds better employees, but enhances the overall culture. Now, go sneeze kindness throughout your four walls, and never wash your hands of it. Think of it as the flu worth spreading!
Kaleigh joined Baudville in 2015 as the Digital Marketing Coordinator. She's got a love for all things content, knack for all things wordy, and a passion for web marketing. With her eCommerce background, she wants to be sure to make your web experience more than great.