Random Acts of Kindness at Work

Written by Karen E. Mosier

act of kindnessHave you ever been having a bad day, and someone did something nice for you, and your mood instantly changed? Kindness is an often overlooked attribute. Simple acts of kindness do not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, sometimes the smallest gifts can be the most thoughtful. Doing something nice for your coworkers is a wonderful way to improve your relationships and raise moral in the workplace.

Here are some great ways that you can spread kindness in your workplace:

  • Make a fresh pot of coffee
  • Buy a coffee or bring a snack for your coworker
  • Stop by your coworkers desk to say good morning or goodbye
  • Send flowers, balloons or greeting cards to team members to thank them for their great work
  • Put out a bowl of fruit/jar of candies in the break room
  • Get to know the names of everyone in your building and greet them by name
  • Write handwritten inspiring quotes or kind words on slips of paper and put them in places where employees can find them
  • Take time to celebrate birthdays in your office with a cake and a card that everyone can sign
  • Celebrate Fridays by bringing in a treat for everyone in the office
  • Take a moment to tell a manager, supervisor, mentor, or any other leader how much you appreciate their leadership
  • Clean out the break room fridge and you’ll have the gratitude of the entire staff
  • Create a fun acronym for an employee using the letters in their first name and come up with an adjective that describes the employee and what makes them special or uniqueact of kindness 2
  • Do a coffee run and ask your colleagues what they would like and then buy for everyone
  • Download customizable thank you items e.g., check for “One million thanks”
  • Call a friend to catch up or invite them for lunch or coffee
  • When you see something that your colleague will absolutely love, give it as a gift

A little kindness goes a long way. Random acts of kindness typically don’t take a lot of time, but they can be very meaningful to the recipient. What can you do to infuse a little more positivity around your office and release the power of kindness into your workplace?


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  2. .RSW. Random Acts of Kindness Week: 10 Ideas for Your Workplace. https://rswcreative.com/random-acts-kindness-week-10-ideas-workplace/
  3. Dawn Rosenberg McKay. Random Acts of Kindness. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/random-acts-of-kindness-at-work-525454
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