World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day, 13 November 2021
Established in 1998, World Kindness Day is observed annually on 13 November each year. Its aim is to promote the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and to the rest of the world. It aims to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds humanity together.
This is particularly important this year given that the last 20 months have been somewhat challenging for so many and although it appears that life is resuming to some sort of normality, we must remember that everyone’s ‘normal’ is different.
World Kindness Day encourages people to go out of their way to be kind to others, whether at home, work, school or simply out in public. In the workplace, participation could involve adopting a ‘kind’ approach not only for World Kindness Day, but every day. Showing appreciation is often the kindest gesture a person can make. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way and it is not used as often as you might think.
World Kindness Day believes prioritising kindness at work leads to happier, healthier working environments and thriving employees.
Ideas for workplace participation in this year’s World Kindness Day and the week ahead
• Celebrate wins: Whether small or big, celebrate the Company’s success and ensure everyone is included. This will ensure everyone in the Company feels appreciated irrespective of whether their input was small.
• Trust: Trust is a very important attribute and actively avoids micromanagement. When people feel trusted, they spread positivity.
• Equal Opportunities, Anti-Bullying & Anti-Harassment: Put in place a policy that deals with any time of bullying and any type of harassment in the workplace. Make sure to act upon an employee’s concerns as, failure to do so will create a lack of trust within the workplace which can have wider, negative effects.
• Listen: Take time out of your day to speak to your employees about general day to day life; invest time into getting to know them on a personal level, within reason. This shows an employee that you care about their work-life balance, which is just as important too!
Kindness isn’t just a face-to-face act, it should be adopted while using Social Media too. Today, for so many, social media is a big part of everyday life. Smart Insights suggest the average daily use for social media is 2 hours and 27 minutes per day! So, whether you’re sharing professional business posts on LinkedIn for promotional purposes or sharing a photo of a cute pet with friends on Facebook, you don’t expect to be trolled – but it happens.
In order to avoid social media disasters or mis-steps, we’d advise that employers have a Social Media Policy in place which sets out what the Company deems as acceptable and unacceptable communication online. While unfortunately this doesn’t prevent employees from taking to social media, it does set out how their employer will deal with any resulting issues. The aim of World Kindness Day is to promote being kind – to each other, to yourself and to the rest of the world.
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