Friday, January 28, 2011

How to Rock Kindness at Your Day Job + Free Compliments Poster (The Break Room Edition)

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Before I became a work-at-home mama I rocked a day job in health care. I was a nurse's aide in quite a few different settings. I worked all three shifts throughout the 7 years that I worked in the field. I worked in a handful of nursing homes, personal care homes, a rehabilitation center, an assisted living complex & then finally, in home health care. I really did love helping people but it was a SUPER stressful profession, both mentally & physically, especially when we were understaffed. What would make or break my day would be who was on with me that shift. At one point, during my first year of work, I worked with SUCH an amazing TEAM. Like, we got shit done, we didn't skimp, we all loved our residents to pieces & we worked TOGETHER to finish our tasks & raise the quality of our residents' lives. We went that extra mile to make each other smile too. It was truly a beautiful thing.

Last weekend I made a call out on both Twitter & Facebook asking my followers how they were shown Kindness in the work place. I was blessed to read some amazing stories, I mean really, really amazing, if you visit KOM's Facebook you can scroll down & read some of them. Thank you so much to the lovelies that shared them! Please, leave them again in the comments if you wish! All the stories that were shared helped this post bloom!

Now, I know that sometimes you are overworked, stressed & feel that you don't have time or maybe you feel that your co-workers don't deserve a damn thing because as Meg via Twitter put it, [they should] act like the adults they are, instead of like the mean spirited high schoolers they once were. Believe me, I've been there. It can be really difficult but if you reach deep inside yourself, you can show them some kindness too. I like to remember this proverb when faced with someone that is unkind...

Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it.
Swedish Proverb

Another great reminder is Kate Swoboda's Love Letter to the World that I made into a printable last summer, download it here!


Kindness really is contagious, maybe you can get the bug to spread in your place of work by taking one of the steps below! It won't hurt, I promise!

Start Small. Most of the things I am about to mention will take you no more than 5 minutes or less to do. Say thank you, make coffee, tidy the break room, do the dishes, have a sense of humor, SMILE MORE, complain less, don't gossip, give praise freely. Be Kind, Be Kind, BE KIND. You probably spend an upwards of 2,000 or so hours with your co-workers a year. You should really try to make it a positive experience for yourself & those around you.

Bring Food. Bagels, chocolate, fruit, donuts, chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, a veggie tray... chocolate! It doesn't matter what it is. Bring it. Share it. Bake something & bring it in (Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!?), a covered dish, anything will surely be a huge hit! You don't have to go all out either, stop at your local grocery store pick up some fresh or frozen bagels & a tub of cream cheese, a box of donuts, pick up some coffee on your way to work or better yet, offer to run out & pick up a coffee or food order.

Leave Little Gifts or Inspiration. The above Free Compliments Poster would be a great start! ;) Any of my freebies, really! You don't even have to be crafty to make these Paper Roses. It's almost Valentine's Day, find some cute free printable Valentines, get all old school & write them out. If you're shy (like me!) you don't even have to make yourself known, do it on the sly, giggle to yourself when everyone is talking & wondering who the do-gooder is.


Thank You Notes, originally uploaded by meddygarnet.

Start a Gratitude Board. As I was scouring Flickr for photos to feature in this post I ran across the one above. Her company has a "Thank You Board" - whomever has the most notes each month wins Employee of the Month & is rewarded. Of course, whomever has been the employee of the month the most throughout the year becomes the employee of the year at the end of the year! Love this idea, so much.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
William James


Show Your Appreciation. This harmonizes with the suggestion above because I feel that is extremely important & want to emphasize on it more. Maybe one of your co-workers showed you how to do something or to get more personal, shared with you a great book, song, poet or movie that you deeply enjoyed. Let them how much you appreciate them by saying Thank You, maybe you can return the favor. Show them how grateful you are by acknowledging them, you can pass along the goodness they shared with you to someone else. When you do, don't let the person that turned you on to or helped you with something out of the story. Not only is it one of the most important parts of the story but by doing so, the gift of appreciation will continue to be given to them & that my friends, is truly a beautiful thing.

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise & confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Author Unknown

Share Yourself & Encourage Others to Do the Same. Open up, let yourself be seen. This will make you vulnerable but it will also be the only way you will connect on a deeper level. Hang photos of your loved ones, display mementos of your interests & passions (ummm, don't go overboard though!) If you have an office, keep your door open as much as possible. When folks arrive make them feel welcomed. (Did I mention chocolate?!) Share the important things in your life. Ask about the important things in your co-workers' lives. Sometimes all anyone needs is someone to talk to.

So, if you rock a day job... commit yourself to being Kind. It really does go a long way.

How have you been shown Kindness in the workplace? Share your experiences in the comments below! I can't wait to read them!

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21 comments:

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

This post is awesome! I wish I would have had you when I worked the normal day job, but I will share with those who still do! And you are my human resources inspiration going forward!

Miss Meg said...

The silly thing is that I misread the original call out.. hence my response about acting like adults. But thank you for posting my response :)
The best thing I, or anyone, can do is to keep smiling and keep an open heart and mind. Even when it feels like it doesn't matter and no one cares, trust me... it does matter and SOMEONE cares :)

(meg, @reclaimedwhimsy on twitter)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jan 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jan. 29, 2011. Thanks again.

Lindsay said...

I just discovered your blog- this post is so fun! I don't have a job at the moment (I'm a student) but I have seven roommates... This all works great for any situation that involves other human interaction.
Thank You!

Cindy Tucker said...

I just love these! Thanks so much for sharing them.

I want to share your blog and your compliment charts with the teachers in my school district. Fortunately, your blog is open for them to access, but the site where you are hosting the PDF documents is blocked. I can download them and save them to my blog, but I don't think that's necessarily following your terms of use. (Of course, I would include a link back to your site!)

Can you contact me about a way I could share these with our teachers and school offices? They LOVED them on Facebook, and really want to be able to print them and use them with each other and with their students.

Thanks so much!
Cindy Tucker
ctucker@ems-isd.net

jemjam36 said...

My office mates each have a paper CD case and we write kudos on blank paper CD's and put them in the cases. We've also hung monthly calendars and wrote kudos to each other on each day. Showing each other appreciation for day-to-day stuff really does make a difference.

Laura said...

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Laura said...

Just wanted to let you know that I linked over to this post at http://asnailslife.wordpress.com/. Great post. I adore this blog always so encouraging and pleasant.

jemjam36 said...

My office mates each have a paper CD case and we write kudos on blank paper CD's and put them in the cases. We've also hung monthly calendars and wrote kudos to each other on each day. Showing each other appreciation for day-to-day stuff really does make a difference.

Cindy Tucker said...

I just love these! Thanks so much for sharing them.

I want to share your blog and your compliment charts with the teachers in my school district. Fortunately, your blog is open for them to access, but the site where you are hosting the PDF documents is blocked. I can download them and save them to my blog, but I don't think that's necessarily following your terms of use. (Of course, I would include a link back to your site!)

Can you contact me about a way I could share these with our teachers and school offices? They LOVED them on Facebook, and really want to be able to print them and use them with each other and with their students.

Thanks so much!
Cindy Tucker
ctucker@ems-isd.net

Lindsay said...

I just discovered your blog- this post is so fun! I don't have a job at the moment (I'm a student) but I have seven roommates... This all works great for any situation that involves other human interaction.
Thank You!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jan. 29, 2011. Thanks again.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jan 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Miss Meg said...

The silly thing is that I misread the original call out.. hence my response about acting like adults. But thank you for posting my response :)
The best thing I, or anyone, can do is to keep smiling and keep an open heart and mind. Even when it feels like it doesn't matter and no one cares, trust me... it does matter and SOMEONE cares :)

(meg, @reclaimedwhimsy on twitter)

Aubrey said...

I just got a new job and will be starting next month. This is such a great way to give our work place a positive vibe. Thank you so much for sharing!

Kristine Duffey said...

I posted this at my office. Everyone loved it!

Debbie Cooper said...

Love your compliment and positive thoughts posters.  i am putting them up at my school on Monday by our sign in book!  You are kind for sharing.

Wendy Ouellet said...

Just finished reading here and love it! When I come across articles or items such as this, it inspires me to want to find a way to start some type of "kindness campaign" in our small town, but I'm not sure exactly what to do.  I haven't been able to work for the past few years due to some health issues, but I was an Education Assistant for over 20 years and worked in a few different schools over the years.  The one that most impressed me most was a very small country school where everyone was like one big family and kindness and compassion was displayed regularly in many different ways.  Do you have any ideas for spreading random acts of kindness when you are more or less housebound?  Thank you for your kindness in sharing this with the world!

Laura said...

Hi Amanda!
Sorry to hear you had a rough day yesterday.  

I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your daily blip and it ALWAYS brightens my day - and if I don't get it when I think it should be in my email I worry - I somehow unsubscribed :-)

I have shared your nuggets on my face book, printed out your complements (all versions) and posted them in our break room and folks have had as much joy giving them as receiving them.  Your little seeds of kindness have brought many many smiles to Highlands Ranch, Colorado!

Hope your day is filled with blessings!

Laura

Redneckwvgirl said...

I love your site, I hope to visit offen. Thanks for your great work.

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