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Random Acts of Kindness

Are you a RAKtivist?

According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, Raktivist stands for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’.

I’m sure you will agree that Raktivists are the heroes of our organisations. They live and breathe kindness, share knowledge and lead by example.

We could certainly all do with a little more kindness in our lives. So I would like to share with you some easy ways in which you too can be a workplace Raxtivist and add a little kindness to a colleague’s work life.

Send an encouraging text

Send good vibes to someone’s mailbox by sending a quick message via text or online chat, telling them what a great job they are doing. This is a sweet and simple way to boost someone’s spirits.

Have a non-work related conversation

When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of a familiar conversation. Stop and chat to someone on your team and find out something new about them. Walk past a colleague’s desk or connect with them virtually and have a friendly conversation about something other than work.

Recommend a great book

Have you recently read a book that you thoroughly enjoyed or that changed the way you see the world? Leave an inspirational book you have loved reading on someone’s desk, or share a link to an interesting article or insightful blog post.

Shout a coffee

Surprise someone by buying them their favourite coffee and leave it on their desk so they can start their morning on a positive note. Or you can go grab a coffee with somebody on your team you don’t know very well and use the opportunity to get to know them better.

Recommend a colleague on LinkedIn

When it comes to job searching, every little bit helps. Provide a LinkedIn recommendation for a team member, or endorse a skill they have listed on their profile. Not only does this support their career prospects, but this can truly make someone’s confidence soar.

Reply to a post you enjoyed

We all get in the habit of breezing past content on the company message board, LinkedIn or social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place and show your appreciation for those sharing their knowledge and insights.

Champion a fellow Raktivist

Do you know someone who lives and breathes kindness? Perhaps you witnessed an act of kindness that left an impression or inspired you to be a better person. Reach out to that person to thank them and tell them what it is that you appreciate about what they do. Positive reinforcement should be shared.

Just the smallest bit of kindness can make anyone feel really great. I encourage you to come up with one little thing this week that you can do for somebody else, whether it’s at home, while you’re out and about, or at the office. Remember none of us really know what someone else is going through in the background despite their smiles, so let’s share a little extra kindness today, and every day.

If you would like to chat with me about how you can show some extra kindness to your team by gifting them an uplifting, LIVE virtual program that will make a big impact to their professional lives, please reach out for a conversation. Let’s spread the word of kindness together and create a brighter, kinder, better world.

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