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:
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