Times When Workplace Kindness Made You Cry

Tough times. We are all struggling. Everyone are affected, big or small, in their lives. So I decided to inject a little inspiration today from the collection of workplace kindness stories from my friends all over the world and share them with you here. 

Perhaps you may get inspired, or maybe these stories will put a smile on your face or maybe restore your faith a little in humanity. Most importantly, don’t give up. There will be light at the end of the tunnel. We will survive this pandemic and become stronger and wiser.


I had a tough time for the past couple of months. My mother was Covid-positive and she was immediately placed in home quarantine as her symptoms are mild but that didn’t stop me from worrying about her. I needed time off to take care of her and I was away for two months because 2 of my closest friends passed away due to complications arises from the pandemic. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.

I just returned to work last week and I broke down in the middle of an online meeting, in front of everyone on screen: boss, colleagues and clients. Silently, everyone sent virtual hugs and logged off to save my dignity. 

  • Serena, Community Leader 

I was stuck on an overseas business trip when my country lockdown. I couldn’t get a single flight out. While my company managed to book me into accommodation to stay put until they can get me back home, I was worried about my plants. My colleague volunteered to go back to my apartment, collected all my potted plants and brought into the office. Everyone took turns to water the plants until I managed to get back after 1 month. 

  • Jeffery, Senior Mobile Developer 

I accidentally fell down a flight of stairs and fractured my knee. The hospital was lacking of beds so my leg was casted and I was sent home for bed rest. The problem is that I was living alone and I don’t have any family or friends near me. My manager traveled every day, twice a day, bringing me food from our canteen until my knee healed. I don’t know how to ever repay her kindness. 

  • Daniella, Business Support Assistant 

I live in another country than my parents. When the pandemic strikes in our little town, I was worried sick but couldn’t fly back home because the international borders are closed and there are no flights getting in or out.

My company have a branch office there and when HR heard about my case, they sent a care package to my parents, arrange a colleague to visit my home once a week to provide updates and the assigned colleague will do all their groceries for them so that my elderly parents do not have to leave the house.

I am also reassured that once the borders are open, I will be sent home and allow to remote work as long as I want to. I’m so touched by all these gestures. Makes me want to stay in my company forever. 

  • Tony, Automation Engineer

After a holiday in Bali, me and my boyfriend were stuck unable to get any flight out due to the pandemic. Every flight we booked kept canceling on us until it was way too expensive for us to back a flight back without jumping through 3 transits. It was crazy. I was terribly worried for my job. I haven’t join the company not long ago and I am on contract basis.

Worst of all, I have a dragon like supervisor who hate me since day one. True enough, he wanted to fire me for being absent or at least, he wanted to dock my pay. My colleagues rallied behind me and went to the department head to complain. I get to keep my job without sacrificing my pay.

Surprisingly, it was my boyfriend who lost his ten year old job when he came back and got served with retrenchment notice. 

  • Daisy, Receptionist 

I thought I worked in a very cold office. Nobody in the office talked much with each other. We mostly keep to ourselves and ate lunch at our desks. We handle very sensitive and confidential work so most of our instructions are through emails.

So I was surprised when I was called into meeting with everyone and it turned out to be a handout discussion. One of our colleagues (whom I must admit that was the first time I heard of his name) lost his wife due to Covid and his young daughter is still in ICU. To help with his medical bills, the office decided to rally everyone to chip in whatever they can.

We came up with a 5-figure, pretty impressive if you consider our office only consist of 50 people. 

  • Ada, Admin Executive 

During the lockdown, I had to close my clothing store for 3 months. Even after I managed to open, I was struggling to pay rent so I had to close it. I sold my car to pay severance package to my 2 staff. It wasn’t much but I managed to squeeze in three months salary for each of them.

To my surprise, they refused to take it and instead, the two of them set up an ecommence website to help me move my remaining stocks. So my house became our office cum warehouse while my 2 staff became my partners. 

  • Eugene, Business Owner

I was thrown out of my apartment due to racism. My landlord thinks that all Chinese have Covid genes in them. She just turned up one night and told me to pack everything in an hour. I had to put up in a hotel for the first week while I hunt for apartment.

It is hard when you keep getting doors slammed into your face because of my skin color. The second week I had to sleep on my best friend’s bedroom floor because there wasn’t enough space.

Eventually, my boss heard about my situation, didn’t hesitated and offered me a room at his house. His family embraced and welcomed me. I broke down and wept at his wife’s homecooked dinner. 

  • Caden, Decoding Engineer 

Does these warm the cockles of your heart? If you have inspiring stories to share, please share them in the comments below. Warm my heart too, please?

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98 Comments Add yours

  1. A brilliant post, Kally. Thank you for sharing such wonderful and heartfelt stories. People are awesome when given the chance or when the chips are down. They really do make the world go round.

    Liked by 8 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Sean. I hope this post cheer you up today 😊

      Liked by 2 people

      1. It certainly did, Kally 😊

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  2. Rising Star says:

    Sooper excellent post, Kally

    Liked by 7 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you! I hope this post cheer you up today.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Rising Star says:

        absolutely my friend, have a wonderful day

        Liked by 3 people

    2. ecohorizons says:

      Super *
      I hope you don’t mind …
      All the best …
      God be with all of us …

      Liked by 3 people

  3. great acts of kindness in such difficult times.

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you and welcome to MiddleMe! Hope this post cheer you up today.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Msdedeng says:

    This rings a loud bell, Kally, thank you for a good post.

    Liked by 9 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you! I hope this post cheer you up today.

      Liked by 5 people

      1. Msdedeng says:

        Yes, very much so!

        Liked by 4 people

  5. MrsWayfarer says:

    Thank you for this Kally. There is goodness in people.

    Liked by 8 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today 😊

      Liked by 2 people

      1. MrsWayfarer says:

        It brought me hope and inspiration

        Liked by 3 people

  6. AGE says:

    In the end, kindness matters. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 10 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today 😊

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Adidas says:

    We imagine corporates to be bloody cold, this is a glimmer of humanity and optimism. Thanks, MiddleMe ❤

    Liked by 8 people

    1. Kally says:

      I’m so glad you love this. Thank you!

      Like

  8. Craig White says:

    Awesome my friend 🤗👌🙏💙

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today, Craig 😊 Stay safe and smiling.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. iamvhardik says:

    It put a smile on my face reading it. 😊

    Thanks for sharing these stories ❤️

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today 😊. Stay Safe and Smiling.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. kinge says:

    Moving stories. Showing the power of kindness and that we are stronger together. Being there for others is one of the greatest gift we can offer.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kinge says:

        Yes it did. Thanks for sharing

        Liked by 2 people

  11. sunisanthosh says:

    Thanking you for sharing this awesome story of kindness !! 💟

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope the post made you smile.

      Liked by 2 people

  12. Loveblossom says:

    It made my day Kally. Wonderful writing.☺️😇♥️🌸

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Awww… I’m happy that you like the post. Welcome to MiddleMe!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. karlien09 says:

    Heartwarming to read these amazing stories on the kindness that exists in these tough times🌸 Thanks for sharing this. It was truly a lovely post💕💞

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Kally says:

      I’m happy that the post brighten up your day!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Thank you. Great stuff.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      I’m happy that the post brighten up your day!

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Mishkat Al Moumin says:

        🌼

        Liked by 1 person

  15. Bryan Wagner says:

    A most wonderful post! Thank you.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      I’m happy that the post brightens up your day, Bryan.

      Liked by 2 people

  16. Mishkat Al Moumin says:

    I really enjoyed reading the post🌷 Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you! I’m happy the post brighten up your day.

      Liked by 2 people

  17. equipsblog says:

    These are so wonderful Kally, I’m having to blink back tears as I write this. Thanks or sharing these on a chilly, rainy Monday.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Awwww… big hugs. Didn’t mean to make you cry.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. The Seb says:

    Am touched, thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Happy to have brighten your day today.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. The human spirit is strong even through these very tough times.
    This was such an honest heartfelt post exposing raw emotions for everyone concerned. Holding a special light in my heart today for all that suffer.
    Thanks Kally for a great post. ❤️

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Happy to have brighten your day today, Cindy.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. ecohorizons says:

    Also , excercising , spending some time in nature to get fresh air, relaxing and kindness plus generosity can all influence our constructively our emotional, intellectual and physical health and balance …
    Taking care of the body with proper hydration or drinking enough water boosts immunity and the chances of recovery …

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Megha says:

    Great post and really touching stories!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Happy to have brighten your day today. Welcome to MiddleMe, Megha.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. BRILLIANT Kally; and timely and sensitive, and very much needed too. (Huggs!!!!!!!)

    “There Will be a light at the end of the tunnel” (IF WE TURN IT ON); as did all of these wonderful caring people. People who live as witness’ to God’s GOODNESS.

    God Bless each and every one of you; especially YOU Kally,
    Patrick

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    1. Kally says:

      Hugsss!! Thank you for the verse. We need to show kindness to everyone, no judgement, no regrets, just plain goodness from our hearts.

      Like

  23. mhaintenhanz says:

    Kinda cool
    Kally, everything will be okay
    I know there are still some scars of pain deep inside

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Happy to have brighten your day today. Welcome to MiddleMe.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Huggs do not help all the time but at times it meant to consul .such a good thing . Always shinning in you do but there are times we laugh and cry

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for reading.

      Like

      1. Don’t send sassy text it okay

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  25. God bless everyone Amen!!

    Liked by 3 people

  26. I hope what I texted is relatable and not confusing

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  27. Thanks much, Kally! Really, this mounting evidence of our humanity is just what we need right now.

    Right now? Try, “always.” Stories like this would’ve warmed the heart pre-virus, and they’ll have the same benefit afterwards too.

    When quarantines, etc. keep us from acting, it’s so nice to know our friends are ready to spring into action.

    Ironic, isn’t it, social distancing has brought us closer together?

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Kally says:

      “Ironic, isn’t it, social distancing has brought us closer together?” Yes, now that you pointed it out, it is ironic! Smart one, you!

      I thought I put together an inspiring and heartwarming post to cheer everyone up.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. da-AL says:

      omg, terrifiedamateur, you’ve put it so well. & Kally, much appreciate this post – have happy tears in my eyes ❤

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Kally says:

        Thank you, da-AL! Happy tears are always good.

        Liked by 1 person

  28. Omg, K, I love the one with the houseplants. That is so nice. If someone did that for me, I will also cry.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post cheer you up today 😊 not make you cry.

      Like

  29. Anonymous says:

    Aww. These testimonies or better put acts of kindness melted my heart and made me tear up a bit. We still have good people in the world after all. Thanks for sharing, Kally. 🤗

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome. I hope it made your day!

      Like

  30. Aww. These testimonies or better put acts of kindness melted my heart and made me tear up a bit. We still have good people in the world after all. Thanks for sharing, Kally. 🤗

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome. I do hope it brightens up your day, Herry.

      Like

  31. These are wonderful. It’s heartening to see stories of people pulling together rather than apart!

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    1. Kally says:

      I hope this post brightens your day!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Jennie says:

    These stories are just wonderful! Thank you, Kally.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope it brightens your day a little, Jennie.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jennie says:

        Yes, it does!

        Liked by 2 people

  33. Jon says:

    Wonderful post. Thanks for the stories.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      I hope the post brightens your day.

      Like

  34. msw blog says:

    I truly enjoyed these tales… and feel so sorry for the uninformed/uneducated landlord in the last tale.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Same here. I’m glad the post brightens up your day.

      Liked by 1 person

  35. Hi Kelly..I am a new joinee to blogging & your site is the first one which I have read..the positive experiences you shared were heart touching, Inspiring & indeed brightened my day..Am glad to be part of such human approach…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      I’m glad the post brightens up your day. Welcome to MiddleMe!

      Liked by 1 person

  36. Really enjoyed these kindness stories 🙂 🤗 they reminded me of my own work experiences. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome. I hope it brightens your day today. Stay safe and smiling. Welcome to MiddleMe!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Shelly DS says:

    These are such touching stories! I don’t think I’d get something similar but it’s still beautiful to read 😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome. I hope it brightens your day today. Stay safe and smiling. Welcome to MiddleMe, Shelly.

      Liked by 1 person

  38. Just what we all needed – some “chicken soup” for our hearts. ❤ Blessings, Kally.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much. Indeed these are chicken soup for our hearts.

      Like

  39. Tim O'Connor says:

    Excellent stories. They definitely cheered me up.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Tim. Have a wonderful day.

      Like

  40. i4deeps says:

    interesting and well written

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much and welcome to MiddleMe. I hope you are having a good midweek.

      Like

  41. Lovely stories. Thanks for collecting/sharing them all.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Richard. I hope you are having a good midweek.

      Like

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for sharing this out!

      Like

  42. Mishkat Al Moumin says:

    I was really touched by this post🌼

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement~

      Like

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