Commit to Kindness at Work…

When anxiety is high and morale is low, kindness isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Being kind doesn’t only benefit the people around you; research shows it also benefits your own mental health.

Here’s how to be kinder at work.

First, remember that being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself. Set priorities and boundaries, and take time to recharge when you need it. Once you meet your own needs, you can turn your attention to others.

Next, be intentional about establishing and sustaining relationships at work—especially if you’re on a remote or hybrid team. Make plans to meet virtually or in person with your colleagues. Ask about their pets, their recent move, or their family. Most importantly, practice active listening. Showing someone that you genuinely care about what they have to say is an impactful display of kindness.

And don’t be shy about giving your colleagues authentic praise. Recognizing and acknowledging people lets them know you appreciate them and their contributions.

Finally, be conscientious with your feedback. When you know your teammates more deeply, you can also better understand how to offer them honest, constructive input on their work. Being kind means offering feedback for the betterment of the person receiving it—and the overall success of your company.

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