November 13 was World Kindness Day. Although the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation encourages acts of kindness year-round, it highlights the movement one week annually. I’ve come up with a career “spin” on it—“Random Acts of Career Kindness.” Below are some suggestions for acts of kindness in the career domain, especially in this Thanksgiving season.
1. Recall the people who have had a positive impact on your career, e.g., a teacher who encouraged you to pursue a dream, a fun and reliable colleague, or an all-star mentor. Thank them in person, by phone, letter, or email. Be specific and direct.
2. Take flowers or food to work “just because.”
3. Speak a word of appreciation or encouragement to a young colleague or a new employee.
4. Donate to a scholarship fund in the name of a special work friend.
5. Think of some favorite people you know through their work roles—dental hygienist, flight attendant, nurse, janitor, accountant, childcare worker, teacher. Then write a note complimenting them to their boss.
6. Come up with your own ideas…
Besides the good feelings you’ll generate for yourself and your recipient(s), these acts build goodwill more generally. You can take such action, if you wish, to express your thanks and appreciation in this holiday season.