The following blog has been written by Andy Walton, e-Learning Designer at Bright Horizons.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work. Rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” ~ Antione de Saint-Exupery
Spontaneous generosity; good deeds; random acts of kindness; being part of the karma army; everyday heroics. All of these can inspire people, and whilst I don’t know Antione de Saint-Exupery (Wikipedia tells me he was a poet, writer and pioneering aviator. And French. Crazy, huh?), I love his quote. In 2012, in a drive-through restaurant in the USA, a customer randomly paid for the order of the person behind them. This spurred on a chain of 226 people doing the same, giving rise the now-famous phrase ‘pay it forward’.
So what’s that got to do with work? Well, whilst the idea of doing a selfless act isn’t new, companies are beginning to see the benefits for employee wellbeing in it. As Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. Still not convinced? You are cynical today. Okay, here’s seven great reasons* to “spread the love, keep the change.”
How will you pay it forward?
*Source: The Mental Health Foundation.