What is Global Pay It Forward Day?
Inspired by author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book ‘Pay It Forward‘, Australian Blake Beattie started Pay It Forward Day in 2007 as a celebration of how one small act of kindness can make a big impact in the world.
Great, we hear you say. What does that have to do with work? Paying it forward in the workplace is a great way to make a positive impact on your coworkers, your company, and your community. It’s a small act that can make a big difference.
Here is how you can pay it forward in the workplace. Creating a pay-it-forward culture at your office can be one step towards success for all employees. Here are some ideas on how you can pay it forward in the workplace.
Celebrate Small (or Big) Wins as a Team
A great way to improve company morale is by celebrating wins. Share success around the business and acknowledge those who have made a contribution to a win. The celebration can be as simple as a shout out or a team lunch to share the success.
Be a Mentor
Take the time to help someone who is new to the company or who is struggling with a particular task. This is a great way to pay it forward. Share your knowledge and experience, and offer them guidance and support.
Take Someone Out to Lunch
More often than not, people can be isolated at work. Pay it forward by inviting work colleagues for lunch. Get your co-workers in a different environment and see the creativity and teamwork grow.
Give Someone a Ride Home from Work
Offer rides to those who normally have to bus or train home. Even if you can only give them a ride as far as the train station or a certain stop on their line, the gesture will be appreciated.
Help out a Co-worker
If you see someone who is overwhelmed with work, pay it forward and offer to help them out. This could mean taking on some of their tasks or lending a listening ear.
Be Positive and Supportive
Create a positive and supportive work environment by being kind and encouraging to your co-workers. A little bit of positivity can go a long way.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
When someone does a good job, be sure to let them know. A simple compliment can make a big difference and be a form of pay it forward.
Write a Thank You Note
Take your gratitude a step further and consider hand-writing a specific thank you to someone who deserves it.
Show Someone how They can Save Time at Work
Timewatch use the pay it forward approach by providing tools to help save people time. Our prefill timesheet from Outlook system saves people from re-entering the same data all over again. It also serves to remind people what they were doing that day, and allows them to add non appointment time more quickly.
Volunteer your Time
If your company has a volunteer program, consider getting involved. This is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others.
So Who is Timewatch?
Timewatch are specialists in helping businesses manage, plan, schedule and track time better with resource scheduling, time tracking and professional services automation software. We work closely with our customers to save their employee’s time, time which can be better spent on productive tasks – an good example of the pay it forward approach. By implementing a Timewatch system businesses make life better for their employees, which quickly provides a return to the business.
Want to Learn More About Our Solutions?
Contact us, we provide free consultancy sessions with product specialists to help people that are genuinely interested in gaining visibility of their employee’s Outlook calendars, use them in time tracking, or need to export outlook calendar events to another system.
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Kindness can strengthen your employer brand. The business environment is changing, and the value of kindness in the corporate world is garnering increased attention. To pay it forward at work is a great way to pass acts of kindness on to others. This allows employees and business partners to go above and beyond formal expectations that not only benefit the individuals involved but also the businesses they represent. Paying it forward can potentially create competitive advantage for firms from an employer branding perspective (to attract and retain talent) and in the broader market sense.
Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ or have read the novel of the same name, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going.
In Pay it Forward, a young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.