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.
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare
Sunday greetings to you all, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far!
Weekends are for spending quality time with those we love and generally having that much needed time off from the stresses of work. Therefore this challenge is one which gets you supporting those closest to home.
Being kind to friends and family sounds like it should be a given, however, it is something we can too easily take for granted when we are busy with work, studies or general life, which can result in us becoming unintentionally neglectful of the relationships that matter the most.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
At the recent CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, I travelled home with two other members of the blog squad and I was shocked and saddened to see so many homeless people on the streets of Manchester. We came across a young homeless lady called Megan and she told us that she slept in the car park opposite where she was sat, her story brought me to tears and I’ve still to this day, not stopped thinking about her.
We offered to buy Megan a hot drink, food and anything else that she may have needed; but she politely declined our offers, with my husband being a former driver, he used to travel the country and stop for coffee at McDonalds, as a result he picked up the coffee stickers that are on the side and collected many of them over the past 12 months. I had a handful of these so I gave her every last one and told her to make sure she got herself a hot chocolate or coffee whenever she needed it.
“Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.”
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.
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money”. John Ruskin
Wow, I can’t believe that we are on day four of our advent countdown already; who has been joining in with the challenges so far? Do keep your comments and tweets coming in, it is great to hear how HR acts of kindness is working for you and those close to you.