Kind Colleagues Introduction and Foundations
“When we create contexts that prioritize and teach kindness, we’re creating contexts where positive social norms and kind behavior can thrive.”
Why Kind Colleagues?
The Harvard Business Review reports that “Organizations benefit from actively fostering kindness. In workplaces where acts of kindness become the norm, the spillover effects can multiply fast. When people receive an act of kindness, they pay it back, research shows — and not just to the same person, but often to someone entirely new. This leads to a culture of generosity in an organization.”
Kind Colleagues is a fresh, impactful approach to creating a kind and engaged workplace by strengthening the culture from within. Using evidence-based principles, Kind Colleagues helps organizations build kindness skills, reduce employee stress, and improve overall connectedness and productivity. The program includes individual, group, and organization-wide exercises in practicing kindness recognition, active gratitude, and intentional kindness towards oneself, one’s peers, one’s community, and one’s overall environment. Practices and activities are intended to be embedded into the daily routines of the workplace, becoming a “way of life” for the workplace community.
Kindness is a universal human need, and Ben’s Bells has been enormously successful in engaging diverse participants in our programming. Individuals from all walks of life contribute to our mission by volunteering in our studios, installing kindness murals in the community, recognizing kindness in themselves and others, spreading the message of kindness on their cars (via the signature “be kind” bumper sticker), and so much more.
Dr. Pragya Agarwal reminds us that “A positive workplace culture improves teamwork, raises the morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of the workforce. Job satisfaction, collaboration, and work performance are all enhanced. And, most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress in employees.” Together, we are building your kind culture!”
To learn more about the research and science behind the Kind Colleagues program, click here.