HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 12th December, creating a culture of kindness

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Can you believe that we are actually halfway through HR acts of kindness? It seems that December is passing us by and it is often the case that at this time of year, whilst our intentions are good, kindness can often be overlooked through the chaos.

In short, today is not a challenge or task based one, it is about creating a culture of kindness and how it can make all the difference to the environments that we are exposed to.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 5th December

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“Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.”

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This year seems to have flown by and as our lives get busier, it seems that there is even less time for ourselves which can take a huge toll upon our mental health and general wellbeing.

Whilst HR acts of kindness is designed to bring smiles and joy to others, it is also important to remember that these acts can also make us feel good too.

Being kind to ourselves sounds easy when it is written as a simple statement, but it is one of the most difficult things we can do, we are our own worst critic so most of us are really hard on ourselves, creating bubbles of excess pressure from various sources; it could be that you don’t feel good about your weight or that you made a simple mistake at work, that internal voice is always quick to negatively appear and say something that damages our confidence and makes us feel pretty rubbish about ourselves.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 2nd December

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Welcome back to my blog and happy Sunday to you!

The picture that accompanies this post is simply perfect to sum up a festive Sunday, a good cup of coffee and a good book, how very hygge!

I hope your challenges went well yesterday and that lots of compliments were paid, it is great to make people around you feel good.

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World Kindness Day 2018 #HRactsofkindness

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It’s 13th November which means that it is World Kindness Day! This is one of my absolute favourite days of the year, it is so much better than the other random days such as national donut day (yes there’s actually a day for that!)

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, people from all over the world attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations. The day was was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.

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Are employees really at the heart of the business?

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This weeks’ HR Hour on Twitter was certainly an interesting one!

The first question this week was “we often hear ‘people are our most important asset’ and similar statements. But is that essence really true in todays workplace?”. As you can imagine, this caused quite a discussion.

People should be the most important asset but it often gets forgotten, it is usually centred around the objectives/results with little regard on how they are achieved. A lot of people agreed with this, but the general consensus was that we generally need to be better with people related stuff.

@CIProjectsUK said “Organisations that live & breathe this ethos are the ones striving in today’s world – it’s all about people! You can launch whatever marketing campaign, implement whatever “efficient” process or introduce a shiny system – but without happy & valued people you have nothing”.

It is easy to state that employees are a company’s greatest asset but we have all witnessed, and continue to witness companies that claim to have their people at the heart of their business, but in reality do not actually treat their employees well. To actually practice what you preach, is easier said than done.

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The HR Elf on the Shelf – Day 5!

I hope you’re enjoying our little elf-less challenges!

Task five – When you get home tonight, turn off the technology and have a conversation with your spouse/partner/loved one or have a conversation with a friend or relative, really listen to them

Taking some time out from technology to really listen to people is essential for our relationships and wellbeing.

If you enjoy this task, then do check out Digitox, a book by Mark Ellis (no relation!) to see the real benefits of taking time out https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digitox-Healthy-Balance-Familys-Digital/dp/1999709802

 

The HR Elf on the Shelf – Day 4!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s task and had a lovely weekend! I’ve loved hearing what you are getting up to and having a lot of fun along the way so do keep them coming!

Task four – start a conversation with someone new

Don’t forget to share the task online via Twitter #HRElfOnTheShelf and Linked In and I look forward to hearing who you connected with today!