Could Kindness Generate More Business?

Is it possible that kindness can be represented in a corporate P&L - Profit & Loss Statement?


Many of us live in an atmosphere of heightened anxiety or tiredness due to this pandemic. At home, perhaps homeschooling children; at work, about our families and extended families, our friends, our neighbors and communities we live in.


Alain de Botton once said, “The emotionally intelligent person knows that they will only ever be 

mentally healthy in a few areas and at certain moments.


We are all imperfect, even leaders. We are all working to figure out our way out of this.


A misplaced comment, an emotional outburst or a cocktail of both can be signs that possible adversities are becoming too much for anyone. After all, we are all only human.


Probably there are many instances where mistreatments and misunderstandings happened and are continuing to happen throughout the corporate world.


However, in general, it must surely be a good thing if there were more kindness and care in the world during these times and after.


And there are good business reasons why leaders at all levels of any organization should learn how to demonstrate more kindness and more understanding of the whole person that shows up for work, the world we all operate in, the potential impact on our personal lives and therefore our performance at work.


When we can establish a clear link between leadership genuinely caring for our people and improved performance at work, we will have found the formula for extolling and spreading corporate kindness.


After all, it has already started to happen in the world of sustainability and sustainable business practices.


A 2013 global study by the MIT Sloan Management Review entitled “The Innovation Bottom Line” showed that the percentage of companies reporting a profit from their sustainability efforts rose by 23 percent. There is an unequivocal link between demonstrating sustainability values, such as kindness, and resultant bottom-line performance.


So why not with kindness?


The words Kindness and Business have, up until now, not often been found in the same sentence.

Perhaps one of the positives to come out of this pandemic is the reminder that whilst we talk constantly about B2B and B2C models; business is P2P - People to People.


We at Happy Work Environment, genuinely try to practice kindness in our business; giving more, caring more, engaging more, listening more.


And we believe that it is a business world and a context many, if not most, prefer to operate in.


How about you?


Kindness. It’s good for business.


Written by Keith Rozelle

There are good business reasons why leaders at all levels of any organization should learn how to demonstrate more kindness and more understanding of the whole person that shows up for work, the world we all operate in, the potential impact on our personal lives and therefore our performance at work.

Meditation at work

Imagine the company you are working at is providing you with daily on-site meditation sessions. When you come to work, you practice guided meditation together with your colleagues, before you start your workday. Wouldn’t you like that?


It might sound like a utopia but it seems like this is a powerful incentive valued by some of the smartest companies nowadays. Recent studies show that companies save $4.58 for every $1 spent on wellness, according to Meditation.Works. Additionally, researchers have found that meditating 15 minutes per day will reduce stress levels by 40%.


Another significant benefit of meditation is the “relaxation response,” which is the ability for your body to release chemicals and brain signals that increase blood flow to the brain and slows organ activity.


Meditating at the workplace has many benefits. It increases focus and productivity, strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, improves energy levels and sleep patterns, mood and emotional health, boosts employee morale, reduces employee absenteeism and enhances cognitive function. Best of all; it requires no equipment or special training.


It is okay if your employer is not keen on providing you and your fellow colleagues with meditation sessions practiced as a team – yet. You can still meditate at work during your break. Here is how:

  • Sit comfortably at your chair.

  • Close your eyes.

  • Breathe deeply in a rhythmic pattern.

  • While you are breathing deeply, turn your focus on each breath.

  • As you become more experienced, you’ll find that your mind will be less distracted and more able to focus on each breath.

  • Start with five minutes of meditation on the first day and build daily by an additional five minutes until you can comfortably meditate for 20 minutes each day.


Or alternatively, you can practice guided meditation using your earphones and your smart phone with the help of one of these efficient apps:


Smart top management and leaders go for it and see how beneficial meditation is for both their employees and their companies’ bottom line. I hope more and more businesses around the world adopt this wonderful practice that is a perfect example of a win-win situation.


Written by Ipek Williamson

Imagine the company you are working at is providing you with daily on-site meditation sessions. When you come to work, you practice guided meditation together with your colleagues, before you start your workday. Wouldn’t you like that?

Make every day a great day

Do you have a favourite day of the week? My favourite has always been Friday. Nobody and nothing that happened on a Friday could affect my mood negatively, because Friday was the end of the workweek and eve of the weekend. It deserved being the most favourite day of the week, even better than Saturday for some reason.


Then I’ve realized why I felt that way about Friday. Because what I was excited about was not the day I was going through, but the expectation of a great weekend that would follow. So, by favouring Friday, I was not enjoying the day itself, but the anticipation of the next two days of the weekend.


Everybody’s working for the weekend. That’s what the song says. But what if I make every day of my life enjoyable so that I don’t have to wait for a specific time? What if I become mindful of now, rather than waiting for a time in future to bring me joy?


Monday Blues


If you are dreading to go to work on Monday and that’s ruining your Sunday, just stop and think. Why do you feel that way? What’s causing this feeling? What’s not going well at work that affects your time outside the work negatively? Do your loved ones deserve to live with your dreadful Sundays? How your anxiety about work affects your relationships with your family and friends?


You live just one life, and every minute of it deserves to be cherished. If something is not going well, instead of trying to live with it and making your and your loved ones’ lives an unpleasant journey, you can choose to take action. And you should. Because why accept what you have given and not create what you deserve? Why not make every day of the week the best day of the week?


So, if reading this is lighting a fire in you, and you feel like a radical change is in order, reach out to someone for help. You can reach out to me, to one of your good friends, to a mentor, to an elderly wise person. Just act and see your life transforming in front of your eyes. You deserve it, and so does everyone who loves you.


Written by Ipek Williamson

Do you have a favourite day of the week? My favourite has always been Friday. Nobody and nothing that happened on a Friday could affect my mood negatively, because Friday was the end of the workweek and eve of the weekend. It deserved being the most favourite day of the week, even better than Saturday for some reason.

Conscious Reactions

It has been a few years since I became interested in spirituality and mindfulness. Going through this journey, the change I have been witnessing in my way of thinking has been phenomenal. I have never felt this calm yet creative and productive in my life.


Also, one of the main changes I have been noticing is in my reactions. Maybe because of my Mediterranean background, I have always been an over-reactor. Envied people who could keep their cool and calm, even in stressful and unexpected situations. But lately, it feels like I am becoming one of those cool and calm people.


I have much better communication with myself in terms of body, mind and soul. Worry and fear seem to have disappeared from the range of emotions I possess. It’s a strange sensation. Like those feelings were removed from my consciousness by a surgical operation. And it’s extremely liberating to be free of fear and worry even in stressful situations. I am not saying that I never experience negative feelings, but as soon as I notice a drift towards that direction, I consciously acknowledge and replace it with an uplifting and happier one.


Consequently, I have been experiencing a switch from automatic to mindful and conscious reactions in the way I approach events around me. The ability to control my reactions is invigorating. I can look at a scene that is materializing in front of my eyes and analyze it like it was happening to someone else and not to me. Just like getting out of your skin and looking at yourself from a distant and objective point of view. Cool like a cucumber, calm like a pond.


Bob Proctor, an author, motivational speaker, and success coach, says in one of his guided meditations that calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of life. I completely agree with his statement. The calmness that I am experiencing is coming from my complete trust in the Universe. I am confident that whatever happens to me it’s okay, all is well, all is good. Furthermore, I believe with all my heart that I am protected, I am safe, I am loved, and this too shall pass.


The daily problems that you permit to upset yourself are mostly small ones that you don’t even remember within a few days. Then why would you let those insignificant concerns disturb your day or your interactions with people around you? Why would you change the course of your day from positive towards negative by something that is not critical in the big scheme of things? Unless it’s a life or death situation, nothing is worth your peace of mind.


Therefore; don’t let daily events bother you, smile and move on. Be conscious of your reactions. Replace the angry with calm, upset with understanding, aggressive with soothing. Don’t waste your energy on things that don’t matter in the long run. Give love to everyone even when treated less than acceptable. Forgive them and yourself. You are good, you are safe, you are loved and all is well.


Written by Ipek Williamson

It has been a few years since I became interested in spirituality and mindfulness. Going through this journey, the change I have been witnessing in my way of thinking has been phenomenal. I have never felt this calm yet creative and productive in my life.