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Gratitude, Kindness and Caring in the Workplace

I’ve decided to jumpstart the Thanksgiving season by recycling
several very popular past posts.  What I’ve noticed in the past few
months is that these posts (and several related ones) consistently show
up in the top-tier.  While we don’t need a holiday (hopefully) to feel
and show our gratitude, kindness and caring towards others – it
certainly is a good time for reflection on what we value deeply and how
we live our values.

We begin with Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace. Gratitude is one of my “Go To” emotions. One of the competencies of emotional intelligence is developing the ability (this is ongoing work)
to cultivate the emotions that create positive self-supportive energy
within us. For me, gratitude is grounding. It helps remind me of who I
am – and where I want to be — even if I’ve taken a temporary
detour. I find it especially centering when I get lost in too much
comparing and striving. Gratitude helps me to re-focus and gain greater
clarity and perspective.

Why Do We Have to “Promote” Kindness at Work  generated
a lot of attention. I wrote it in response to a Harvard Business Review
article that explored the absence of kindness in today’s
workplace. It’s disturbing to me that we have to make the case
for people to treat each other with kindness and respect at work.  What
many people construe as an empathy void in others, is often just a
symptom of Empathy Deficit Disorder brought on by too much
self-absorption and distraction.  We all sometimes block our
natural empathetic tendencies towards others as a form of emotional
self-protection. It’s a natural, but often unconscious response.  Unless
we’re aware of what and why we block our feelings, it can become
habitual. (P.S. I love the little poem at the end of this post)

You can’t build positive relationships at work if you don’t care about
the feelings of other people. I am consistently amazed at how many
people expect productive outcomes in work relationships when they don’t
show an iota of care in their communication. Short and simple this post,
Workplace Relationships – You Have to Care  makes the case  that caring counts

Hope you enjoy!

As always, I appreciate your readership, subscriptions, tweets and shares.

Louise Altman, Partner, Intentional Communication Partners

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