One of my favorite pastimes is to surprise coworkers (especially the cranky or unfriendly ones!) with random acts of kindness every now and then. I have done this ever since I worked at my first job, and I always love seeing people’s reactions and making them feel special. So, I was gonna write this long, well-thought out post with ideas for doing nice things for coworkers. And I wrote it. Problem is, it came across all sanctimonious and well…if I had read it on the internet, I’d have wanted to slap the author. I realized I just so happened to have seven ideas to share, so I took out all the mushy and preachy stuff, condensed some ideas, and POOF! The 7QT post for this week!
Leave a sticky note on their computer monitor with an inspirational quote, a Scripture verse, or just a simple, “Good morning!” Possible Scriptures: John 16:33, Phillippians 4:6-7, Proverbs 16:20, or Colossians 3:23-24. This was one I did a few years ago (when I first signed up with Instagram and I overzealously grammed ALL.THE.THINGS.)
Bring in a small bottle of their favorite coffee creamer, a box of their favorite herbal tea, or offer to top off their coffee mug when you get up to refill yours.
Send a positive or encouraging email to them with an eye-grabbing subject line, like “URGENT! Needs immediate action,” and be sure to include clip art or one of Scriptures from QT #1.
Does your coworker frequently take time off of work to care for a sick family member or for doctor’s visits? Some companies will allow employees to “donate” some of their PTO to another employee. If your company does this, donate a few hours to the coworker. Ask your supervisor not to let the recipient know who did it.
Sharpen all their pencils. Refill their tape dispenser. Leave a dollar on their desk for a snack or soda from the vending machine with a note that says, “With Love from the Sugar Fairy.” Or skip the note if you’re a dude.
If you’re going to the deli to grab a sandwich for lunch, grab a cookie or a milkshake for the coworker that is having a bad day. Better yet, bring them lunch! Just be sure to bring something that would reheat well in case they have already eaten lunch by the time you get back to the office. I mayormaynot be speaking for experience here.
Pray for them. My favorite prayer for this is a Divine Mercy Chaplet, for the intentions of the coworker. Then, be sure to let them know you prayed for them. Poke your head in their office and say, “Hey, just wanted to let you know you were on my mind last night/as I drove to work this morning/at lunch, so I prayed for whatever is weighing on your heart right now.”
Got any clever ideas to add to the list? Share them, and then head back over to Kelly’s for more Quick Takes!