I read lots of articles about kindness in the workplace in an attempt to bolster my own kindness in the workplace theory, which is, kindness is a key to team success.
Most of the articles were more about manners. Most were incomplete, in my opinion. However, there was one that seemed to get it, get why and how kindness makes the difference.
Here read this, then come back:
Having been on several staff teams I can tell you that kindness does make the difference, and it especially needs to come down from the top. Kindness is a valued and intentional quality in daily work life on those successful staff teams. It’s how they operate. And, kindness needs to be treasured as a valued benefit, by those on the team.
Speaking from the point of ministry, a kind staff care about each other. They care how individuals are in their work and their relationships–and are sensitive to where assistance might help the project at hand. They care about making plans that compliment and enhance. They care that their team members have what they need to do their job. Kind staff take care of resources, and share them willingly. They use their best manners all the time. Kindness is in the details, in the awareness and support of the details. It is in the communication, in building each other up, in encouraging, and in praying for each other, and together.
Kind fellow team members make it a delight to go to work. In a supportive environment, where gossip and back biting are nixed in favor of kindness, why wouldn’t staff want to build up, excel, and glorify? I know as an administrator it took little to be encouraging, be on time, manage efficiently, make sure people had what they needed to do their jobs, and the rewards were an outstanding staff family that picked up where each other left off, and looked out for each other. Those habits made hardship easier to overcome and no problem was big because there was a team to take it on.
As I look back on my work experiences, it is the kindness in the hearts and spirits of the members of a great team I miss most. I appreciate it now, and I am sure I could have appreciated it more then. Learn with me from standing here, looking back.
I found this song by Chris Tomlin called Kindness. Give a listen:
I’ve taken a bit of a break from writing but was inspired by the Blog Carnival at Bridget Chumbley’s One Word at a Time on the word kindness. Be sure to go read more HERE.