There is no denying that kindness at work motivates and fosters teamwork that over-achieves team goals. But how do you promote a culture of caring and generosity on your team?
First, take the lead. People are highly attuned to the behaviors of high-status team members; when you give compliments to your employees, they’re likely to emulate your behavior.
Second, set aside time during Zoom meetings for a “kindness round,” in which team members can acknowledge and praise each other’s work. This doesn’t need much time — even just a few minutes is plenty of time to boost morale and social connection.
Finally, consider small, peer-nominated spot bonuses to allow people to recognize their colleagues’ work. If you have a limited budget, a gift card or a small gift can show appreciation which goes a long way. It’s your job as a leader to set a tone of kindness on your team. These small gestures can have a big impact.
Remember, it’s never a perfect day to do something for someone who can never repay you.