How to Experience Workplace Delight
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
~Charles R. Swindoll~
When we act generously towards others, biologically our bodies are flooded with feel-good hormones. When we act good towards others it makes us feel good inside and inspires us to want to do more for others. In you new job, you have the opportunity to start and sustain your progress in the workplace by simply practicing random acts of kindness towards your bosses, co-workers, and vendors of the organization.
Too often in the workplace we focus so much of our time and energies on our stuff that we become self-absorbed and less attentive to the needs of those around us. Yes, we are being paid to complete our job to the expectations of our bosses, but why should that prohibit us from showing kindness towards those we interact with on a daily basis? It doesn’t. What can we do to increase our workplace delight?
When you do something nice for someone else at least once a day, you become a catalyst that sparks kindness and social connection in the workplace. Cultivating a reputation as someone that cares about others with tangible action will serve you well as you continue to work in your present environment. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. The following quote reinforces truth: "Don't talk, just act. Don't say, just show. Don't promise, just prove".
There is no guarantee on any given day your “to do” list will be completed as you hoped. The unexpected happens in the workplace without notice. On those days that you need assistance to complete your job tasks, if you’ve made emotional deposits with your bosses and co-workers then you’re be more likely to ask for and receive the help you need to complete those tasks.
Practicing random acts of kindness in the workplace nurtures your social connections and makes it easier to work together with others towards the achievement of your company’s objectives and goals. Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, states we have the “duty of delight” which she explains as “having a responsibility to relish, cherish, and value the gifts we have been given.” Your jobs, your boss, your co-workers regardless of how imperfect they may be, are gifts in your life. The manner in which you interact with them communicates to them if you see them as the gifts that they are in your life.
When you demonstrate sincere appreciation for others, you communicate to the Universe that you can expand your thinking beyond your own needs and wants to be concerned about the needs and wants of others. This is an expansive view of your work world and it can only help to expand your opportunities. Be sure to check out Random Acts of Kindness website for creative ideas. As you practice random acts of kindness in the workplace you’ll increase the self-confidence of those around you and help to shine a light on the value of their contributions. This simple strategy will surely increase your workplace delight.
It’s Your Move ~ Aspire Higher