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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