Many companies are generous when business is good. It can take a special commitment of kindness for a relatively small company to go the extra mile for its employees when times are tough.
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is that kind of company. It’s a local favorite with six locations in my hometown of San Diego. The owners quickly realized they would have to shut down all their shops and layoff all 100 of their baristas. But, even with substantial losses, Bird Rock has worked to support those employees.
They created Barista Relief Blend and selling it on the company’s website. All proceeds will be donated to its team members. Other product sales also support café employees. There is even a GoFundMe fund for employees. Joseph Rusk from Bird Rock says, “The outpouring of generosity from our customers has been amazing.”
How to get started with positivity in your organization
A couple years ago, my writing partner, Nicole Phillips, and I turned our passions and interests in kindness toward companies and organizations. We combed through hundreds of suggestions and best practices we have received and developed during our speaking and coaching careers. We settled on 30 micro-actions of kindness any of us can do. These are actions so small they will fit into any busy manager or supervisor’s schedule. Some are self-reflective, some have instant impact on others and some are just fun. We collected them along with stories and data to support them. Then, we created personal worksheets for each micro-action. We took all of that and put it into an oversized guide and workbook called Workplace Positivity.
Nicole and I devote much of our time to training management teams and leaders to eliminate negativity by personally practicing some of these micro-actions of kindness. These aren’t sleepy mandatory sessions. We bring the vibrant joy that comes with sharing kindness. We have more stories, more insights, and more micro-actions than any company, organization, or team can possibly use.
Every story, insight and action we share with your team will multiply until you are sharing and overflowing with your own.
Either of us, or both of us, will be happy to work with you to create a customized training and presentation for you weekly staff meeting, quarterly training event, or annual conference. We have presentations from an hour to multiple days.
Now it’s your turn.
In the comments, tell me your #1 takeaway from this post and how you plan to use it in your workplace?
Want more? Click here for a free excerpt from Workplace Positivity with three micro-actions.
Workplace Positivity will be published in early March 2021.
For a free excerpt or to learn more about the work I am doing, go to NealNybo.com