If you really want to bring more integrity, purpose and joy to work, follow the Dalai Lama, who often has said, “My religion is kindness.”
Kindness includes so many wonderful things, like friendliness, pleasantness, generosity, and understanding. Where kindness is practiced at work, there’s cooperation, not power tripping. … Respectful teamwork, not bullying or harassment. … Welcoming of differences, not hostility or favoritism.
All this makes for a workplace where people are more likely to be excited about going to work than dreading it. At the end of the day, there’s a spring to their step and time for a rich life, not exhaustion or the urge to escape.
All this means that kindness also is a benefit to the financial bottom line.
As Jodi RR Smith, director of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Marblehead, MA says, “People’s discomfort chills the workplace dynamic. When people feel respected, they are more likely to be fully present and engaged, ready to roll up their sleeves for effective work.” Continue reading