Hello February - it's that time of year when, everywhere you look, there are red hearts popping up, reminding you that love is in the air. You show your family and loved ones that you care, why not let Valentine’s Day be a time when you take the time to show your co-workers that you respect them? You spend 40 hours a week at the office, often times in close quarters or meeting rooms, take the time to spread small acts of kindness in the workplace and let your coworkers know that you appreciate them.
Show appreciation with kindness
Be kind to each other. You don’t need to spend money to make someone’s day. In today’s busy world, we often times are so wrapped up on our own tasks that we forget to stop and see what is around us. Try welcoming the new member to the team. Get to know them over a cup of coffee. Greet your fellow coworkers with a smile and offer encouragement when they need it. One of the things most of us were taught when we were growing up was to say thank you. Remember to say thank you for a job well done. Showing kindness doesn’t take much time, it is free and it will help you all to work together more effectively.
Recognize your coworkers strengths
Recognize your coworkers for their strengths and don’t criticize them for their weaknesses. You are all on the same team and are working toward the same goals. Compliment the things that your coworkers do well. Help to brainstorm problems and come up with solutions for the problems that may arise. If you get along and work as a team, everything will go a little smoother.
Respect your coworker's personal space
Something as simple as respecting your coworker’s space goes a long way to creating harmony in the workplace. With desks within arm’s reach of each other, it is important to realize that what you are doing may be disturbing to your coworkers. Don’t forget to keep kitchens and other common areas neat and clean. Your coworkers will appreciate not having to use a microwave that you left half your lunch in!
Kendall Press is practicing kindness this Valentine season by passing out treats to show our customers how much we appreciate them! If you haven’t received your chocolates and you need a pick me up, stop by Kendall Press, we have one waiting for you!