We gathered a list of small acts of kindness to brighten the workday. Just a pick an easy activity and watch the office atmosphere get better and cooperation begin amongst colleagues!
Bring a bunch of flowers to the office. Budgets for decorating are usually the first to go to save money at the office but that doesn’t mean you cannot create a nice environment around you. A few plants will not only brighten your work day, they also clean and freshen the air inside. Golden Pothos, peace lilies, philodendrons and spider plants are great for office space.
Offer help. Many people find it difficult to ask for help at the workplace. They might feel that they are seen less competent and fear the consequences. So if you see one of your co-workers looking overwhelmed, overworked or just frustrated, offer to help them. I am sure they will appreciate this gesture! Who couldn’t use a creative idea, a new way to implement or a pep talk? Never be afraid to offer your help!
Give your attention! Really pay attention – take a few minutes of your busy day to attentively listen to what your colleague has to say. Many misunderstandings can be avoided this way. Plus we all want to know that our ideas, challenges or experiences count.
Bring fresh fruits and veggies to the office! If you have a garden with a surplus of produce, share the bounty with your co-workers. Most of them don’t get the necessary amount of veggies and fruit. You will not only make improve the health of your office colleagues but brighten their days, too! Please pay attention to your own intake of fruits and veggies, too.
Have a stash of high quality dark chocolate on hand in the office. If there is any conflict, bad news or shocking discoveries… a piece of good chocolate can put many things into perspective.
Offer encouraging words to your co-workers – can we ever have enough of those? Stressful moments are plenty at the workplace. One of the easiest small act of kindness is to give a nudge, say a few inspiring words to a colleague. Just say that you understand what she/he is going through. You might not be able to offer a solution but you can definitely show your encouragement!
Say thank you! These two words are guaranteed to light up the eyes of your colleagues. When was the last time you thanked your boss?
Are you a student at our Clayton Yoga Studio in Clayton? If you purchase any of our yoga class cards this month you can bring your best friend or co-worker to participate in free yoga class at the studio. (The guest invitation is valid till the purchased yoga class card expires.) This can be a small act of kindness to a person who needs all the benefits yoga can offer.