Add Empathy and Kindness to Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

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New Year’s resolutions often stem from great intentions, but they are often held back by a lack of discipline and follow through. But business leaders will find the addition of empathy and kindness because company-wide decisions can be a great way to enhance efforts to build a culture in which leaders and team members alike can participate. There are creative ways to be cohesive as a unit in their application, and here are a few that might be useful.

Leadership reads on compassion and empathy

Those who do not know what empathy looks like in the work environment or from leadership may benefit from reading books written by those who have demonstrated it. Sometimes, reading about how others practice empathy and kindness in a work environment can be enough to spark a chain reaction in your teams. Leaders’ commitment to a decision to show more empathy and kindness in business creates a model that others can mirror. Those who hear the word “empathy” tend to think it leaks into poor decision-making, but that’s a poor assessment. Being compassionate in responses and having a high degree of cognitive empathy makes the environment successful. This presents itself by setting a specific goal for the company in the short term while approaching improvements that must be made by team members with empathy.

It would be wise to suggest four books for this year for your team to complete. As a group, select a book for the team to read at the end of each quarter. Have a short group meeting about the book and what was learned. Allowing leadership to hear from their teams what has been learned and applied to their own company settings could be the beginning of creating a culture that can allow others to be accountable. There are many lists detailing the great books on empathy.

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Accountability for a purpose

For founders or leaders within your organization, living by example that exemplifies empathy, kindness, and compassion lays the foundation for challenging your teams. Challenging your teams to take responsibility for interacting with each other with more empathy and kindness may generate a culture that implements well in hybrid work setup models. Combined with reading on empathy-based leadership, seeing leaders within your organization and your colleagues begin to practice these principles will help create a 2022 solution to become a way of life in your business.

Hybrid business models are causing leaders and companies to rethink how they interact with each other. Empathy and kindness as a fabric woven through your company is more important now than it was in the past. Recognizing team members for their contributions while respecting their humanity is an effective way of maneuvering in this pandemic business era. It seems easy to follow. Leaders who show empathy will understand that it takes a great deal of energy and time to ensure that a business can operate in this way. Hold your teams, managers, and leaders accountable for their actions. Employees monitor the leadership, and make assessments based on how they are treated to check whether the work for your team is worth their mental and physical health, despite what it might mean financially for them. The “Great Resignation” may be enough social proof that this is not to be taken lightly. Using empathy and kindness in leadership allows you to interact with your team so you can gauge the pulse of these types of concerns.

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Empathy virtual reality game day

Reward your teams for their efforts to improve themselves. Virtual reality games or remote features to accommodate social distancing can be a great way to create a fun outing for your teams. It can allow the cross-generational talent team to learn and have fun at the same time. There are sports and intellectual games that allow virtual reality options. Learning what works for your team in creating an environment for them to practice empathy and then rewarding them for building a thriving culture is a testament to how successful you are in “accepting” kindness as a 2022 resolution.

The decision to improve your company in 2022 through actions based on empathy and kindness may be the ongoing measure that allows for an improved culture for 2022 and the years to come.

“Empathy has the power to bring together people who would never otherwise meet. It has the power to teach us and reach us in moments of solitude when we think no one understands.” – Vivek Murthy

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