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Use Giving and Kindness to Build A Connected Workplace

A connected workplace created through small acts of giving and kindness just makes our eight hours go by with more joy and happiness. Whether you’re working at a physical workplace or remotely, there are a number of ways that you can give to create a connected workplace. Especially during these challenging times, often times our colleagues are who we speak to or see the most. We are limited in other areas of our lives but still need to work and so it’s important for us to create a community within our workplaces that fosters kindness and generosity. By doing this, we’ll be creating the most joy during a difficult time.

Here are some ways that you can give to build a connected workplace.

Monthly Appreciation Social Gathering

If it is safe to do so where you are living, it is a great idea to have a monthly social gathering with your colleagues. If you are still not able to meet in person, plan for a virtual event. Choose a theme, play some games and most importantly, let your colleagues know how grateful you are for them. Talk about all the highlights of the months, your organization’s accomplishments, and how each person contributed to that. It’ll boost morale, you’ll have fun and everyone will feel accomplished.

Notes and Emails of Appreciation

Leave a note on your colleague’s desk letting them know that you’re thankful for them or send them a friendly email showing them your gratitude. One of the best ways to show kindness is to let people know that their time and energy had a positive impact on those around them.

Employee Kindness Award of the Month or Week

Suggest to your workplace that you feature an employee’ act of kindness either weekly or monthly. Perhaps you can share Their act of kindness or small act of giving publicly so others are inspired by their action. Your small act of giving could benefit a client, customer, fellow employee or supplier! Be creative and highlight the kindness where you work to create a more connected workplace.

Volunteer Together For Your Workplace Give

Whether you volunteer in person or virtually (ex. Online fundraiser), when you’re giving together as a team, you will feel more connected. Try to find a way to give back in your community, whether it’s a group park clean up, collecting old clothes to donate to a women’s shelter or collecting $5 from each person to give to the local food bank.

For more ideas on how to give back the community, click here.

Clean-up Day For A Connected Workplace

One of the best things you can do as a team is help each other clean your workplace. Plan a day to clean the office and keep the environment nice and tidy, which will in turn boost the positivity in your work environment. Take it a step further and even clean the outside area around your work building, plant a tree, recycle your paper and bottles and pick up loose trash. When you ensure your office and environment as a whole is in a good place, you are showing kindness to yourselves and your planet.

Share Ideas and Positive Feedback

Try to hang up a board in a common place in the office, lunchroom or employee lounge. If you are working remotely have a designated shared document, where people can share their ideas. If you are the employer, ensure that you look through these ideas and discuss implementing them with your colleagues. When individuals feel like their opinions are appreciated, that is one of the greatest things you can give.

There are a number of ways that you can give back in the workplace. For ideas on how to give remotely, take a look at our article here. Remember, when we show kindness and generosity, we are creating a positive environment for everyone to work.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)