As many of you know, I work voluntarily as part of the Northamptonshire CIPD committee and when I attend meetings with them, there is a real team spirit and I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.
I spoke to Gill Amos about what she thought about the #HRActsofKindness initiative and I’m so pleased that I have got to know her this year. She has been a pleasure to work alongside and I can’t wait to work with her again in the new year! Here’s what she had to say on all things kindness:
“I think it is consideration for others and their needs. It starts with the small things – good manners. It is about genuine acts of thoughtfulness when people know that there are difficult things happening elsewhere. Thinking about how you can help rather than being out for yourself.”
Paul Beesley is also on the committee and he has been incredibly supportive of me this year by supporting my development so thank you Paul for being there for me in 2016, I hope we get more opportunity to work together in 2017.
Paul’s company; Beyond Theory has a simple but highly effective mantra, where kindness is pretty much built in as standard; “Look after your people and they’ll take care of your business.”
Kindness is simple and something we can all do, it should be part of our daily working lives. Can you imagine the possibilities if people work together and we’re kinder to each other?
Don’t get me wrong, we cannot get along with everyone that we work with but we can certainly share ideas, be more innovative and demonstrate respect throughout our professional lives. Being kind doesn’t mean it’s boring either, it’s easy to make someone’s day just that little bit brighter, the important thing is not to take our days for granted and not to focus on the negatives, we simply learn from them.