For February, focus on kindness.
As we move through our work-weeks, the tasks, deadlines, and emails pile up and obscure our view.
How can I say something kind to my coworker when my phone is buzzing in my pocket?
How do I listen with an open heart to the bad day of my team member when I am thinking about how many times they've been late this month?
How do I show myself a little patience when I cannot seem to stay focused today?
No wonder we grow frustrated with each other and ourselves; it is hard to see each other as learning, growing humans when we only see the to-do list or looming deadlines. It is not just our workplace relationships that suffer, all these little frustrations can have negative health outcomes.
Taking a creative break introduces the opportunity to shake off all the workplace frustrations. If the creative break intentionally focuses on workplace kindness, even better. Our Workplace Kindness prompt, free for the month of February, is a great way to work with kindness in the workplace.
What small kindness can I bring to mind for myself today?
What kind thought can I send my closest co-worker?
What kind wish can I send to the person I struggle with most?
We suggest downloading the prompt as part of a group process, but it can certainly be used individually. It might be useful to make it a regular practice. It can also be a good beginning to a discussion about the difference between being 'nice' and being 'kind' at work.
We are interested to hear how you use it and what impact you notice. Which part was most difficult? Which part came easily?