Many good things happen in the month of May. The promise of warmer weather (although that’s been slow-to-go this year), school wrapping up, tulips and daffodils, Mother’s Day, graduations…
Speaking of graduations, most of us have heard about Robert F. Smith, the billionaire founder of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, who recently gave the commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta. If you don’t know about it, let’s get you up to speed… during his talk, he said he would be covering the 400 graduates’ student debt, to the tune of $40 million. Wow. Talk about paying it forward.
This inspiring act has us thinking of ways we can pay it forward at work. While none of us have $40 million lying around, there are easy ways to make your co-workers’ lives better, feel appreciated and less stressed out.
Consider doing something like this:
- Bring in a treat for the group and leave it in the breakroom. Bagels and cream cheese, muffins, cookies or fruit is enjoyed by most. (And there’s no need to advertise you did it).
- When someone does something well, tell him so. Then let his manager know what a good job he did.
- Give some of your time. You know that person who regularly works late or whose plate is overflowing? Ask how you can help. Carve out a few hours and bust out some of her tasks.
Paying it forward. You can choose to do it or not. We say go for it. The office will be a better place because of it, and hopefully, you’ll inspire others to do the same.