A bad mood can spread like a cold among co-workers, but it doesn’t have to.
Recent research found a simple act of kindness can pull everyone, including your moody co-worker, out of a funk, benefiting the entire office.
A month long study, published by the British Psychological Society Research Digest, monitored the happiness of employees at Coca Cola’s Madrid office.
Each team member was asked to complete a weekly survey about their happiness as well as note any positive or negative interactions. However, a select few were asked assigned the task of givers a list of people they could perform random acts of kindness to. The rest of the participants were controls.
As the British Psychology Society points out: "The receivers observed more prosocial behaviours in the office and by the end of the study, they were reporting ten times more prosocial behaviours than the controls.
Additionally, "Giving was itself rewarding, and on some indicators more rewarding than receiving. The givers saw the same preserved autonomy enjoyed by receivers, and additionally saw benefit to their sense of competency."
Importantly, the receivers then went on to pay the kindness forward.
A little bit of kindness can go a long way, even if they don’t deserve it.