Welcome to My Blog - Heather Speaks 2 U
I am officially entering the blogosphere. I will be completely transparent. I do not have a clear vision for this blog. I do not envision it being overly wordy, having an overlying theme, or covering one individual topic. In researching blog ideas, many advise you to find what you are passionate about and blog about that. But, I have so very many passions that this particular piece of advice was not at all helpful to me. So, I decided not to pigeon-hole myself into a specific area. There may be some series that have a recurring theme or topic; there may be some posts that are more informative than educational; there may be some solely for educational purposes; some may be aimed at your personal life; some may have a more corporate theme; and there may be some that just share life in general. If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please let me know as I would love to hear your ideas.
Since my favorite day of the year is approaching, this blog will introduce our first series--kindness and appreciation. For the last 10 years (at least I think it has been 10 years), December 24th has been Lebischak Family Random Acts Day. My son and I go around doing various random acts of kindness. Granted, I am an avid planner, and a lot of work and planning goes into this day, so I am not sure "random" is the right word, but it's trendy, so we are sticking with it. We do things like hand out flowers to angry shoppers, put quarters on vending machines, give out pizza to areas frequented by the homeless, leave a large tip (my son's favorite since he always picks the restaurant), and so much more. I am always amazed watching how natural this comes to my son; even though he is 13 this year and obsessed with the idea of coolness, he still gets excited about this day (even if he won't admit it). We have a sign in my home that says "Cultivate Kindness," and I hope and pray that is what my husband and I are doing while raising our son. As this day approaches, it had me thinking more and more about kindness.
I have always loved the word KIND. It is like nice times infinity (and beyond for you Disney lovers). When I hear the word nice, I immediately think of obligation or a way you are told to behave when you are young (i.e., Your mom says, "Now kids, be nice," as you are getting one final swing in at a sibling). We are taught to use nice words, nice manners, dress nice, act nice. It is thrown around a lot during our formative years. But, kindness, in my opinion, goes a step further. It is not something done out of obligation but by choice that goes above and beyond expectation. Kindness is not just thanking someone for that gift that you really didn't like in the first place but finding a specific use for it and relaying it to the gift giver. Kindness is not just praying for that homeless man on the street but going up to him, holding his or her hand and praying with them. Kindness isn't just covering a co-worker's phone when they are out but ensuring their inbox is manageable upon their return as well. Kindness isn't just doing what your boss tells you to but anticipating needs and covering things in advance of being asked.
Kindness makes the recipient feel valued and appreciated--something we all desire in every area of our lives. We typically think about this in personal relationships, but it is also crucial in professional ones. There is a quote that says, "Someone who is made to feel appreciated will always do more than is expected," and I have found this to be especially true in the corporate world. When you make someone feel appreciated, you gain something extremely valuable--loyalty. And, what does loyalty result in? Low turnover. Just to give you an idea, according to www.catalyst.org, the total cost of voluntary turnover in 2018 was $617 billion dollars. And, of that $617 billion, $223 billion was a result of workplace culture (a lot of which is a culture in which employees are not made to feel appreciated). Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing tips to make people feel appreciated as well as the value (both fiscally and non-fiscally) in following these tips.
Thanks for reading along. I would love to hear from you, so if you ever have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).