Employers and managers can support kind and mindful actions in the workplace.
Local Businesses Showing Kindness
Oregon Pacific Bank was founded on a culture of kindness and has been cultivating an environment of community giving since inception in 1979. In addition to contributing to local community causes and nonprofit organizations through corporate sponsorships and donations, Oregon Pacific Bank reinvests local deposits directly into the communities we serve. It is fundamental to who we are and the foundation of our business model. We encourage our employees to care for the community on an individual level, with many of our team members serving as nonprofit board and committee members. Every bank employee is given 48 hours of paid volunteer time annually during their regularly scheduled hours, to volunteer in the community. Oregon Pacific has designated Fridays as “Denim Day”. In exchange for a $5 donation to a local charity, staff can wear jeans. Oregon Pacific Bank is honored to endorse the Spreading Kindness Campaign and support local efforts to seek new and exciting ways to engage the communities we serve.
Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, has been working with the company since 2003. In 2007 she stepped into her role as CEO, and since then has focused on improving the work/home-life balance of her employees. Additionally, Sabrina has taken steps to provide a kid-friendly work environment. If employees can’t find a babysitter, have last minute changes to their schedules, or are concerned about where their kids can go for the day, Palo Alto is an option. As long as they’re supervised, employees’ children are welcome to come in and do things like work on homework, color, or read a book.
Evidence-Based Workplace Practices
Peer-To-Peer Recognition Program
Employees could nominate a coworker for exemplary work or effort. These nominations proved to increase engagement and retention at JetBlue.
An evidence-based business case as to why fostering and maintaining a respectful workplace is important, as well as highlights the negative impacts when incivility is allowed to fester without intervention.
Boosting Mindfulness at Work
Companies that realize and invest in the connection between employee health and business goals have a competitive advantage: the same factors that contribute to employee happiness and engagement have been linked to increased productivity.
Business Leadership – Likability and Effectiveness
Likable leaders are effective leaders. Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likeable. However, research shows that very few people who are unlikeable can be effective leaders.
Researchers evaluated prosocial (intended to be given away) bonuses and how they incentivized employees potentially leading to increased job satisfaction and well-being.