“It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”
~Robert Fulghum, Author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
To create a great work environment that all work members can thrive in we need to return to the basics that we were taught long ago, or not so long ago in kindergarten.
Here are a few rules that I am sure you will remember. We were taught these foundational rules in kindergarten so that we would be prepared to get along with our classmates as we moved through the upper grades and out into the world.
What is amazing is so often, when people grow up and head out into the adult world, they have forgotten the life rules and skills that were taught to them when they were young so they could become responsible, caring people in life.
1. It is not all about you. Focus on others around you and how you can be a great co-worker to them.
2. Share. Share about who you are with your co-workers. Share information for learning and to better each other’s positions. Share lunch, dinner or your cookies. Get to know those you work with as cultivating relationships builds a stronger team.
3. Do not start fights. I am sure we have all work with someone who was adversarial over everything.
Leave that type of attitude out of the workplace. Think; “I will be nice, it costs me nothing, and I will gain a better work environment that will better my life by doing so.”
4. Be a good friend. We all need friends. We do not have to make our co-workers our best friends, but we need to be friendly and caring. We are all humans just trying to make a living. Make it better workplace for each other.
These are just four foundational building blocks that we were taught when we were in kindergarten, what others do you remember?