"Create a kindness culture"
Graham Davison – Head of Energy & Siteworks, Total BGS Energy
“Do our leaders and managers do enough to foster and encourage kindness at work?
In a world where productivity, performance and competition are highly valued, too often management are afraid to let their defences down.
Brene Brown in her 2010 TED talk “the power of vulnerability” stated: “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
Slow down – say hello to your fellow employees
Be considerate – call a colleague to see if they need help. We do not do this in sales enough – that small offer of help could set off a chain reaction.
Be vocal in your praise – the right recognition can do wonders
This should trickle down from the top. Our Managing Director, Spencer Davies, makes a point of being on the weekly call we have to talk about social aspects of life with no work related talk allowed. This nurtures a more human relationship where employees feel part of the company and not just a number.
We provide a free cinema ticket every month and free coffee at Café Nero weekly so our employees can unwind away from the office environment.
Try it for yourself and see how you feel.”