Random Acts of Kindness for Business Leaders

By vklejmont | May 28, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Have you considered how your workplace culture impacts the success or failure of your small business? Positive cultures are breeding grounds for employee engagement, productivity, and success. Conversely, a negative culture of stress and fear can have a direct impact on your company’s sales and profitability. At BizLender, we believe that kindness is contagious. As Gary Vaynerchuk says, “kindness is the ultimate strength.” So why not add a little positivity to your business, today?

It takes very little effort to positively impact someone’s day. A simple act of kindness has the power to boost performance, elevate mood, and even make you feel better about yourself. Good business leaders are often thought to be strong, decisive, and ruthless. Very rarely are great leaders characterized as empathetic, compassionate, or kind. We think it’s time to change that.

Many business leaders take kindness for granted. By prioritizing a culture of empathy, compassion, and consideration, you have the ability to position your business, and your brand, at the forefront of people’s minds. Kindness speaks volumes about leadership, company culture, and the attitude people have coming into work.

When you practice kindness, compassion, and empathy, your brain releases endorphins and lowers cortisol levels. You’ll feel happier, more confident, and less stressed throughout your day. Perhaps that’s why some of the world’s most successful business leaders engage in random acts of kindness themselves. Bill Gates, arguably the world’s most successful businessman, has donated over $35 billion dollars to charity. But his altruism doesn’t merely extend to charity. He practices random acts of kindness, as well. In 2013, he participated in Reddit’s Secret Santa gift exchange, and surprised one lucky Reddit user with a gift to charity on her behalf. That’s true leadership!

You don’t have to be Gary Vaynerchuk, Bill Gates, or Jimmy Fallon (who bought his entire staff flowers on Valentine’s Day!) to practice random acts of kindness. Small gestures of goodwill have just as much power to change someone’s day as a billion-dollar donation. We’ve compiled a list of 15 easy random acts of kindness you can practice at work to make your company’s culture more inviting, positive, and compassionate than ever before. Here’s how:

Choose Compassion

  1. Check in! Ask your team about their weekend, their pets, or their hobbies. Small talk can go a long way to brightening someone’s day!
  2. Is your team stressed out? No task is too small for a good leader! Offer to do some of their paperwork, make a sales call, or answer a customer inquiry. Good leaders are part of the team, not above it.
  3. New employee? Take a minute to show them how the voicemail works, where to grab lunch, or the best place to park. Offer them a simple gesture of good will, and let them know that you’re always available if they have any questions or concerns. Awesome leaders make sure they’re accessible to their team at all times.

Random Recognition

  1. Say thank you! Did your receptionist successfully avoid a telemarketer? Let her know by saying thank you for saving you valuable time.
  2. In a meeting? Call out a random employee for a job well done, no matter how simple the task.
  3. Notice good work? Leave a hand-written sticky note on an employee’s desk or computer to let them know that their hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Honor Humility

  1. Even bosses make mistakes! Admit when you’ve messed up, and let your team know that nobody is perfect. They’ll feel better when they mess up, too.
  2. Even as a company founder, you’re not an expert at everything. That’s why you hire the best people to build your team. If you’ve hired a terrific developer, acknowledge their skills by asking them to teach you something you don’t understand. They’ll feel valued, helpful, and good about themselves!
  3. Really messed up this time? Apologize! It’s so simple but often goes overlooked. Apologize to your team in person for setting back their work, damaging a client relationship, or just generally making a mistake. Nobody’s perfect 100% of the time!

Just Because

  1. Buy a coffee or a drink for a team member, because why not?
  2. Bring in donuts or bagels for everyone.
  3. Buy lunch for a team member you don’t know very well. Make an effort to get to know who they are beyond their role at work.
  4. Commuters? Offer a ride home to someone that always takes the train or the bus. It will give you a chance to get to know them better, and show them that you care about their life and time outside of work.
  5. Bonus day! Is your team really performing well? Thank them with an extra day off. It may seem minor to you, but will go a long way to building trust and respect with your team. Acknowledging that you value their time outside of work is important, too!
  6. Treat yourself to something special! You deserve kindness, too!

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