Generosity enhances mental and physical well-being and reinforces positive social structures and relationships.
Gratitude, a “feel good” emotion is the byproduct of generosity and is tremendously powerful in the workplace.
Why be generous?
Humans are born inherently kind — it’s in our bones. Being unkind or greedy actually, goes against nature! If that wasn’t enough, consider that kindness can:
- Elevate cortisol levels
- Boost your immune system and reduce risk or illness or disease
- Alleviate stress
- Add more years to your life
- Make you happier
Sounds pretty good, huh? Treating others the way you want to be treated is also a great strategy in the workplace.
Unfortunately, the workplace can be a competitive, greedy, sometimes hostile environment. It’s important for leaders to lead by example that is with generosity.
Here are six ways to choose generosity.
1. Give as much (or more) than you take.
Share information readily. If you had the opportunity to attend a training or workshop, share what you learned with your team. Repay as many favors as you ask for. Keep your team abreast of upcoming news or changes within the organization. Be clear on your expectations, company vision and mission. Communicate often with your team and respect the two-way street of your relationship.
2. Respect people’s time.
Respecting people’s time is more than just being punctual. Everyone has their own priorities and just because something is utterly important to you, doesn’t mean your colleague can drop everything to help you out.
If you’re going to ask for help, respect the other person’s time and schedule; avoid showing up unannounced.
3. Give praise often and openly.
Praise doesn’t cost you a high and the benefits are many! Show your team how much you value and appreciate them; there’s plenty of ways to do it:
- Send an email, individually or to your whole team.
- Make your praise specific to a certain success or person.
- Praise publicly during team meetings or other gatherings.
4. Help your employees grow.
Give opportunities for your team to learn, grow and achieve their greatness. Consider trainings and workshops, be a mentor, create pathways for professional advancement and so on.
More often than not, your team will rise to the occasion; they’re just waiting for the opportunity!
5. Think like a team.
It’s easy to accept a team win, but what about a fail? The workplace is a better place to be when everyone works together as a team; it’s no place for playing the blame game.
When your team hits a bump in the road, work together to find a solution; assume collective responsibility.
6. Be straightforward.
Get to the point. Whether you have a request, feedback, critique, etc. be direct and get to the point.
Don’t make your team scramble to keep up with you or begin with a 10-minute prelude that could have easily been said under a minute.
Being concise and succinct will save both you and your team time that can be dedicated more efficiently.
How do you show generosity in the workplace?
Let us know in the comments below!