Brexit started a lot of things when it was announced over two years ago, and since then it has caused a lot of controversy and divided the nation. Irrespective of your political views on Brexit, one good thing that came out of it was that it inspired HR acts of kindness.
Never could have I anticipated how well received the project would be at a time when surrounded by uncertainty, shock and anger; and as we continue to face challenging times as a whole, may be this project gave some hope through the HR community. Therefore, I wanted to make it a much more permanent feature on my blog and support our profession with one small act of kindness at a time. Every Monday morning, there will be a new HR Act of Kindness challenge set for the week and as always, I’d love to hear your stories by sharing them right here on the blog.
HR is often an overlooked and unsung profession; by being the change that we want to see in our organisations, this can really show positive leadership and powerful influence to inspire others to not only do the right thing, but to improve the company culture as a whole.
Unexpected acts of kindness are such a powerful thing, with a simple smile, compliment or just showing someone you appreciate them, can change their perspective, and yours for the entire day. Each day, we have a choice, from the things that we say and do, to our behaviour and how we see things ourselves. Don’t underestimate the effect that your positivity and a few kind words can bring.
This week, I am challenging you to really use your words for kindness; this can be at home or at work, some examples of this could be:
- If you have an inspirational manager, why not tell them how they inspire you
- Thank someone who is always there for you, it could be a friend, a colleague or a relative
- It’s back to school week for many, so take the time to encourage your child and tell them you’re proud of them and you believe that this year they will do well at their studies
- If you see someone struggling with a task, tell them that they’ve got this and that they can do it!
Good luck with this challenge and I’ll see you back here next Monday for the next one!