Did you know that Feb. 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Acts of kindness, whether they are big or small, random or intentional, can have huge impacts on us and the world we live in. And the world could certainly use more kindness, too. But making it a better, more welcoming place is not going to happen overnight. It is a daily practice that begins with each of us.
Even though kindness is not usually defined in the context of work, creating kinder workplaces is crucial to both organizational culture and, subsequently, business outcomes. Random acts of kindness can add up to more satisfying lives, stronger connections and more fulfilling careers. Regardless of our experience, tenure, background or career level, we all have a responsibility to lift one another up.
By celebrating our differences and elevating diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives, we are engaging in meaningful acts of kindness. So with opportunities for a kinder approach around every corner, we hope these six resources will inspire your kindness practice at work, today and every day.
1. Toolkit: Empathy in the Workplace
Explore the key elements of empathy plus tactical steps to take to foster more of it, all in this actionable worksheet format.
2. Video: 5 Questions to Guide Your Conversations About Racial Equity at Work
For thoughtful conversations about racial equity, these five questions are a must to facilitate a more thoughtful and honest dialogue at work.
3. Toolkit: Honoring Neurodiversity at Work
The numerous benefits of diversity at work also extend to neurodiversity, wherein we learn from and honor our differences and varied perspectives. Embrace a deeper understanding of neurodiversity with this toolkit, comprised of neurodiversity vocabulary, best practices, tips for managers and more.
4. Toolkit: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Inspire your colleagues and agency to strive toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace using this toolkit of key terminology, strategies and best practices.
5. E-Book: Prioritizing Gender Diversity in Government
Reflect on the inspiring perspectives and advice from women in STEM at NASA, U.S. Trade Representative and Cornerstone OnDemand who are elevating gender diversity and equity.
6. Video: 4 Tips to Take the Power of Unconscious Bias Away
“Since when has avoiding the elephant in the room made it go away?” Confront unconscious bias directly with these four tips from Pamela Fuller, Inclusion & Bias Thought Leader at FranklinCovey.
This article first appeared on February 17, 2022.
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