Gratitude, Kindness and Caring in the Workplace
I’ve decided to jumpstart the Thanksgiving season by recycling several very popular past posts. What I’ve noticed in the past few months is that these posts (and several related ones) consistently show up in the top-tier. While we don’t need a holiday (hopefully) to feel and show our gratitude, kindness and caring towards others – it certainly is a good time for reflection on what we value deeply and how we live our values.
We begin with Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace. Gratitude is one of my “Go To” emotions. One of the competencies of emotional intelligence is developing the ability (this is ongoing work) to cultivate the emotions that create positive self-supportive energy within us. For me, gratitude is grounding. It helps remind me of who I am – and where I want to be — even if I’ve taken a temporary detour. I find it especially centering when I get lost in too much comparing and striving. Gratitude helps me to re-focus and gain greater clarity and perspective.
Why Do We Have to “Promote” Kindness at Work generated a lot of attention. I wrote it in response to a Harvard Business Review article that explored the absence of kindness in today’s workplace. It’s disturbing to me that we have to make the case for people to treat each other with kindness and respect at work. What many people construe as an empathy void in others, is often just a symptom of Empathy Deficit Disorder brought on by too much self-absorption and distraction. We all sometimes block our natural empathetic tendencies towards others as a form of emotional self-protection. It’s a natural, but often unconscious response. Unless we’re aware of what and why we block our feelings, it can become habitual. (P.S. I love the little poem at the end of this post)
You can’t build positive relationships at work if you don’t care about the feelings of other people. I am consistently amazed at how many people expect productive outcomes in work relationships when they don’t show an iota of care in their communication. Short and simple this post, Workplace Relationships – You Have to Care makes the case that caring counts
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Louise Altman, Partner, Intentional Communication Consultants