Category Archives: In the Workplace

There’s still room for a little kindness


This post is about being kind – in the workplace, and in life. Yes, I know, it sounds a bit old fashioned, maybe a bit backward. Some will say, “Grace, that just doesn’t work in the real world.” I mentioned this topic to a colleague and his response was, “Nobody gets ahead by being nice and kind. Are you sure you want to write about that?” Yes, actually, I DO want to write about this topic. More than ever. It seems like everywhere I look, I see people saying things and doing things that are mean – in the name of “getting ahead.”

So, I’m going to go ahead and write, albeit briefly, about being kind. However, I also realize that this post will likely not be shared or tweeted nearly as far and wide as other posts. That’s ok. These simple things still need to be stated.

So, here are a few thoughts about kindness.
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Gimme a side o’ GRUMPY with that CRABBY!

Image from Cafe Grumpy

This ever happen to you? You’re in a pretty decent mood when all of a sudden you encounter someone who clearly woke up on the wrong side of the continent – maybe a co-worker, a roommate, a family member, someone in the checkout line. You interact with them for all of 1 minute and the next thing you know, you’re feeling crispier than burnt toast. How did that happen? Why did it happen? Did it even need to happen? Like an infectious disease in those scary outbreak movies, that individual’s bad attitude has infected you. What’s even worse is now you’re going to infect the people around you, likely in your workplace. Fortunately, there is an antidote. (more…)

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