Being nice to one another isn’t just nice to have at work, it’s a necessity. Being kind and genuinely caring about one another does more than just increase engagement at work (a huge benefit just on its own), but leads to higher productivity, increased sales, innovation, and more efficient and effective performance.
A sense of caring is important at every level of an organization, but it is especially important in leadership roles where it is rarely discussed or measured.
A study of nearly 52 000 leaders showed that leaders who expressed warmth were both better liked by their reports, and also the most effective. The researchers found that leaders who show a lack of caring have little chance of becoming highly effective leaders.
Kindness and caring are actions that should be encouraged and recognized in every employee – making personal connections, providing help, collaborating on work, being a source of inspiration, helping develop another’s skills, and a hundred other things.
When we come together with the best of intentions for one another, that’s when the real magic happens.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
What are examples of showing kindness in the workplace?
What is the impact of a lack of kindness/caring in a workplace?
What three things can you do today to show others that you care about them?