In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Month, our office has taken the Kindness in the Workplace Challenge. We are looking forward to formally incorporating the six concepts of kindness into our daily routine — respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility and courage. We anticipate a seamless transition as our workplace is already full of people who exude these principles. One of our co-workers showed up on Valentine’s Day with chocolate hearts for us all and tulips for the front desk. Another so regularly exceeds his job description that his first name has become a verb around here. We have a talented colleague who crochets and donates hats and mittens, another who volunteers her very green thumb to keep the plants around here thriving. Our remote co-worker encourages us in very specific ways every week to exercise, drink water and take care of ourselves. She also heads up our monthly charitable donations. We have people who bring in delicious treats for every occasion, and so many see-a-problem-solve-a-problem staff members that most issues get resolved before anyone else is even aware of them. Our Winch Financial team has worked hard to foster a family-friendly environment and to extend that courtesy to a broad range of families, including the four-legged members. The Kindness Challenge offers specific activities throughout the year. Follow along with us via our social media channels, or swing in to see us in person. It’s going to be a great year!
Sunday marks the 15th annual Random Acts of Kindness Day, one of the easiest holidays to celebrate. You only have to be kind in order to participate, and that’s as easy as breathing. When it comes to finances, we like to talk about the return on investments. With kindness, those measurements are extraordinarily favorable. One act of kindness can ripple out and burst into waves of happiness, especially in this globally connected society. If you don’t believe me, check out the viral numbers on videos that celebrate simple acts of kindness – a gym teacher braiding his tiny students’ hair, a returning soldier surprising her son at school, a racer helping her competitor cross the finish line. These acts cost nothing but time and a little bit of effort. Beyond what a random act of kindness does for the recipient, it also has an immediate impact on the participant. Have you ever plugged a meter for a stranger and then just walked away? Shoveled a neighbor’s sidewalk on a dark winter morning when nobody else can see you? Left an anonymous compliment where someone was sure to find it? Scraped off the windows of the car parked next to yours? These small acts can stretch your heart and send happy endorphins cartwheeling through your bloodstream for the rest of the day. So, do yourself a favor on Sunday (and any other day you choose as well). Give a random act of kindness a whirl. Here are a few more ideas to get you started: Step aside and let someone else ahead of you in the grocery line Offer a sincere compliment Leave a nice note on a windshield Help a frazzled clerk Leave an extra tip Buy a few extra items and donate them to the food pantry Leave a little something for your postal carrier Give an extra scarf, hat or pair of mittens to someone who looks very… | Read More »