Spread Some Kindness (or chocolates) in the Workplace!

Kindness in the Workplace

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Hello February – it’s that time of year when, everywhere you look, there are red hearts popping up, reminding you that love is in the air. You show your family and loved ones that you care, why not let Valentine’s Day be a time when you take the time to show your co-workers that you respect them? You spend 40 hours a week at the office, often times in close quarters or meeting rooms, take the time to spread some kindness in the workplace and let your coworkers know that you appreciate them.

Show appreciation with kindness

Be kind to each other. You don’t need to spend money to make someone’s day. In today’s busy world, we often times are so wrapped up on our own tasks that we forget to stop and see what is around us. Try welcoming the new member to the team. Get to know them over a cup of coffee. Greet your fellow coworkers with a smile and offer encouragement when they need it. One of the things most of us were taught when we were growing up was to say thank you.  Remember to say thank you for a job well done. Showing kindness doesn’t take much time, it is free and it will help you all to work together more effectively.

Recognize your coworkers strengths

Recognize your coworkers for their strengths and don’t criticize them for their weaknesses. You are all on the same team and are working toward the same goals. Compliment the things that your coworkers do well. Help to brainstorm problems and come up with solutions for the problems that may arise. If you get along and work as a team, everything will go a little smoother.

Respect your coworker’s personal space

Something as simple as respecting your coworker’s space goes a long way to creating harmony in the workplace. With desks within arm’s reach of each other, it is important to realize that what you are doing may be disturbing to your coworkers. Don’t forget to keep kitchens and other common areas neat and clean. Your coworkers will appreciate not having to use a microwave that you left half your lunch in!

Kendall Press is practicing kindness this Valentine season by passing out treats to show our customers how much we appreciate them! If you haven’t received your chocolates and you need a pick me up, stop by Kendall Press, we have one waiting for you!

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4 Ways to Beat the Workplace Blahs

Don't let the Workplace Blahs Get you down!

Don’t let the winter weather cause Workplace Blahs!

The excitement of the Holidays is long over and the weather is looking more gloomy than usual, it is no wonder that a feeling of negativity can creep into the workplace in January and February. The commutes in the icy weather can take longer and just the fact that you have to put so many layers on to keep warm can dampen the spirits. The work pace has not picked up yet, and employees are dreaming about their vacations that seem so far away.  If we can trust Punxsutawney Phil who predicted an early Spring this year, the weather should be changing shortly.  If winter decides to hang around, relax, there are things that you can do so that the negativity does not impact your productivity and drag you down.

Positive Feedback can help beat the Workplace Blahs

Lead by example. Everyone loves a compliment. Compliment your coworkers when you see they do something well. You might be surprised how well this is received and find that they may also start giving compliments as well. By encouraging the positive, it increases self-esteem. By promoting compassion and gratitude with a few kind words, it will go a long way to improve not only your morale, but the morale of the office.

Motivate by Example

Try and look at the positive in each job. Take on that new task; you will be surprised how fast the day will go by. Look at challenges as opportunities to grow and be sure to treat yourself when you finish an important task. Get that special cup of coffee you have been thinking about, you deserve it!

Change up the scenery

Why not surround yourself with the things that make you happy. You are going to spend 8 hours of your day at the office; you might as well make your surroundings comfortable. Bring in that photo that you love, the coffee mug that makes you smile, a plant to add life to your desk. Having things that you enjoy around you will increase your creativity and bring you a feeling of comfort.

Take a break and get up and move

Just getting away from a project for a few minutes will often times help to alleviate the stress you are feeling by a looming deadline.  Spend a few minutes talking with a positive coworker or just get outside and go for a short walk.  Then go back and tackle that task!

Remember, you can’t change others, but you can change yourself. Making little changes to your day can help the days pass by quickly. Before you know it, Spring will be here, the flowers and trees will be blooming and the sun will shine again and the workplace blahs will disappear again until next winter! If you need to hear a friendly voice, give Kendall Press a call. You will brighten our day and we will do our best to brighten yours!

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