Today's blog in the #BeTheRippleBlogs series is a lovely positive piece from an author who would like to remain anonymous. She is an HR/Learning and Development Professional with over a decade of experience.
Over to our author:
Kindness in the Workplace
I’ve worked in a People/ Human Resources environment for 10 years across three different HR teams. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with exceptionally good female managers, well-meaning managers and sadly some outright psychopaths.
In the words of Oprah “what I know for sure..” is that strong women, strong leaders build other women up and that demonstrating kindness as a leader helps build trust.
I also believe that workplace mentoring is the essence of kindness in the workplace. To volunteer your time to help and guide a young person at the start of their career.
I’ve personally mentored five young female apprentices starting their first jobs in HR, Recruitment and Learning. I’ve been happy to give up my time, share my knowledge and experience, what has worked for me & I’ve done this with for no additional pay or reward.
What I’ve taken from this is a sense of pride to see these girls develop their careers, find their own lanes and go forward and onwards to great successes.
All workplaces should encourage mentoring, it’s the essence of kindness and altruism in the workplace.
No matter how much you enjoy your careers, going to work is hard some days. The inherently messy workplace, the office politics we struggle to navigate, the pace of work, juggling multiple responsibilities, deadlines and projects and whilst spinning all these plates trying to maintain that balance with home and family life. But to give part of your working day to helping others succeed makes you succeed.
Now more than ever in an uncertain and volatile economic future we all need to demonstrate more kindness in the workplace.
Kindness in the working day from your peers or superiors just makes everything that little bit brighter.
In the interests of spreading the ripple, I ask the reader to think about who could you take under your wing...
Written by Happy L&D professional
Thank you so much to our author for sharing her piece, I couldn't agree more with the sentiment. Helping to lift others is how we can truly rise up ourselves, offering support and making a positive difference to others' lives.
As the reader asks, take some time to consider who you might be able to lift and guide in your own organisation. How might you have a positive impact on their working day and/or their future career?
Take time to bring more kindness into your workplace and see how the ripples of positivity spread. Together we can #BeTheRipple that brings about positive change, to individuals, to organisations and to wider society.
Thank you once again to our author for this lovely piece to begin our week.
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See you on Friday with the next instalment in this series.
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