Posted by: healingtheworkplace | March 2, 2008

Kindness in the Workplace

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas to share with you. So, what’s happening in the world of work this week? Of course, there are lots of things I could focus on but this week I’d like to tell you about a program that I came across a few years ago. 

The program is called “Kindness to Colleagues” and it focuses on three themes:

  • Kindness to Oneself
  • Kindness to Colleagues
  • Kindess in the Community

You can find out more about this program by contacting Kind Acts. Kind Acts is a B.C.-based organization whose mission is “to inspire human connection and activate the practice of kindless, locally and globally”.  

So, why do we need to focus on kindness in the workplace anyway? Isn’t kindness a given? Aren’t we supposed to treat each other with kindness and respect?

My dictionary describes the word kind as ” showing gentleness and consideration”. In a perfect world we would all act this way but since we don’t live in a perfect world someone has started an international movement to help us to become more aware of how we are behaving.

Perhaps it’s because of the challenges that we increasingly face in the workplace that common courtesy is not as common as it once was.

Fortunately we don’t need to look very far for inspiration.   Olivia McIvor has written a book called the Business of Kindness. If you go to her site you’ll find links and resources to use in your workplace. 

Have a great week and remember to be kind to yourself!

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