When you feel supported and support others in your workplace, not only does it help to build your confidence but it also shows how valuable you are in the organization. This can all lead to career growth. When you’ve been shown a kindness or you offer a kindness to others in times of stress (i.e., family sickness, unexpected surgery, etc.) you’re creating goodwill that will last a lifetime.
There are some misconceptions that being kind is a sign of weakness or that leaders have to be stern and unemotional (say what now?!). This Zenger Folkman research proves otherwise. Likable leaders who expressed kindness/warmth were typically found to be the most effective.
RSVP to upcoming professional events. Find some here. Your university’s homecoming weekend or alumni events are great opportunities to network. Go ahead and introduce yourself to new parents at your kids’ soccer games or back-to-school nights. You never know, these introductions might lead to your next job, mentor or supportive friend.
Happy employees are good for business. When you have a kind and friendly culture, everyone is healthier, more creative and will work harder. Respect for others’ ideas and viewpoints supports a dynamic and creative environment where everyone benefits.
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “you cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” When you always operate from a place of authentic kindness you have the opportunity to not only feel great, but do something great. Your kindness could be the moment that turns around a meeting, brings a great idea to life or saves the day for someone. So please bee kind!
Michelle Conn, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
Michelle is passionate about women succeeding in the workplace. She loves baseball, running and baking. She’s a dedicated non-profit board-member and volunteer. She calls the beach her happy place and is the mother of 3 boys.