November 13th, 2020 is “World Kindness Day,” a day dedicated to demonstrating kindness to others through large or very small acts. You can learn more about Kindness Day here.
We don’t always think about kindness as a quality to bring to our professional lives, but we should! Kindness isn’t just nice, it’s actually good for business. Being known for kindness will make you stand out as a leader and strengthen your business relationships.
So this year, why not try celebrating World Kindness Day on LinkedIn, the social media site that connects the world’s professionals? You can perform some random (or not so random) acts of kindness. The best part? You don’t have to stop after November 13th, you can do them any day of the year!
1. Endorse someone’s skills
With just a single click, you can endorse someone’s skills! If you’ve worked with someone before and know they are good at something, click that button on their profile. They’ve added those skills because they want to be recognized for them, so if you know they are good at something, validate that for the world to see.
Here’s a handy step-by-step guide from LinkedIn.
2. Write a recommendation for a colleague
By writing a recommendation, you are helping someone stand out and publicly recognizing what makes them awesome. As a bonus, your profile reflects recommendations you’ve given, which makes you stand out as a person who celebrates others! It’s win-win.
Here’s LinkedIn’s how-to guide.
3. Comment on a post
Social media should be social. Most people don’t post on LinkedIn with the intention of speaking into a void, they post because they want to have a conversation. If someone posts that they won an award, congratulate them. If they post an article you enjoyed, thank them for it. If they ask an interesting question, answer it! LinkedIn is a much more interesting place to hang out when we engage in conversations with each other.
4. Share helpful content
Did you recently read a great article or learn something useful about your field? Are you getting ready to attend a cool webinar that your colleagues would also benefit from? Share it! Your connections will be excited to learn with you.
5. Ask for help
People love to help others, so asking for help is a generous act. You’re giving people the gift of feeling needed, feeling helpful. And that’s something we haven’t had enough of this year.
I hope you’ll join me and the rest of the NISM Community in celebrating World Kindness Day on LinkedIn this year. Kindness to others is good for business and feels good… so in the end, giving kindness is a way of being kind to yourself.
Author: Sarah Willey, MA, CFRE, SMS