Using kindness to help colleagues during coronavirus

Our second edition of Wellbeing at Work focuses on the power of kindness.

Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, are experts in helping people recover from trauma. In our series of blog posts for our corporate supporters, we are using our 135 years of experience to share some suggestions of how you can help your team to cope through coronavirus.

Today’s tips will look at:

  1. Being kind to yourself – some ideas from our team
  2. Being kind to others – ‘compassionate connection’
  3. Kindness in action – creative giving, volunteering, supporting

The theme for last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week was ‘kindness matters’, and kindness is at the heart of the culture at Children 1st. Whether that’s treating yourself with kindness around what you’re able to achieve at work, or getting to know the families we work alongside, kindness is key!

Be kind to yourself

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to give yourself permission to take a break and take some time for an activity that helps you relax. Whether that’s meditation, baking, reading or walking in nature, this can help you recharge and re-energise. Our team shared some examples recently on Twitter of how they relax at home.

Different things will work for different people and sharing what your chosen activity is can inspire your colleagues and help you to connect with each other as people. We all know how powerful a personal recommendation can be! If there’s something that’s working for you, why not share it with the team?

Be kind to others - compassionate connection

We are all on a journey through coronavirus, and some days will be tougher than others. Now more than ever, support to allow those of your team who are still working to do ‘what they can, when they can’ is key, where your business allows.

Finding new ways of working as a team, and perhaps relaxing processes, can lead to moments of real human kindness and connection, that can create safety, freedom and hope. Our colleague Maggie’s recent blog post about supporting mum Sammy as she aims to celebrate her daughter Ellie’s birthday in lockdown, really highlights “the power of compassionate connection.” While delivering a food parcel, Maggie saw Sammy needed some kindness and support to help her in that moment and delivered it right there on the doorstep.

Kindness in Action

Doing something kind for others can also help you feel good about yourself. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. You could send someone a kind message to let know you’re thinking of them, like our wee supporters Isla and Maddie did recently to local care homes.

Or, if you’re moved by the work Children 1st and other charities are continuing during coronavirus, get in touch to let us know!

You can also follow us online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn where we regularly share links and materials that might be helpful to your own friends and family – a simple share can also be a kind act, and might open up a new connection.

Where people have been moved to do some good by raising vital funds for Children 1st, we’ve seen a huge amount of creativity. This kindness and imagination gives us, and the families we’re working with every day, hope. If you’re looking for a way to focus your team’s desire to do good, get in touch for a chat about how this could look.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you found these tips useful and enjoy sharing them with your teams.

We look forward to sharing next week’s ‘Wellbeing at Work’ edition with you all soon.

Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st