How to Exemplify Goodness and Kindness in the Workplace

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How are you exemplifying goodness and kindness in your work place?

I had dreams of being a pharmacist since I was in the 5th grade. I always thought the pharmacist was the source of my cure, as I tagged along my dad to the pharmacy to get my antibiotics, (I seemed to always be sick when I was small). So, I strived and struggled through 6 years of pharmacy school and got a doctorate degree in May 2009.

But my dreams of being a retail pharmacist died the summer prior to graduation as I was a pharmacy intern at a local chain pharmacy. The pharmacy manager there was the rudest man I ever met. Every fourth word that came out of his mouth started with an F. He had so much anger built up in him, he would throw the phones across the room. One day he punched the refrigerator so hard it left a dent in it.

I hated it. I dreaded going to work.

I second guessed my decision to become a pharmacist.

I questioned my calling from the 5th grade.

Was I to turn into a cold-hearted pharmacist too?

There was no good fiber in this man. And the kindness factor was out the door. (But I will say he did do an excellent job at being a pharmacist- he was always accurate so you don’t have to worry if you ever come across him in your own pharmacy).

Well I ended up not continuing in retail pharmacy. I didn’t see a place there- although I loved the customer interaction, I could not bear to be a rude pharmacist.

After graduation, I became a consultant who traveled throughout New Jersey to visit Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living centers. I interacted with Directors of Nursing, and administrators in over 10 buildings every month. This is where I learned to exemplify the two fruits of the spirit- goodness and kindness.

What is goodness?

Let’s look at Luke 6:44-45 (NKJV)

For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

When you exemplify goodness at work:

You show integrity, and are honest when things go wrong.

You are doing the right thing when no one is looking.

You are not selfishly bringing gain to yourself.

You are not cutting corners.

You are not lying about your timestamp, and clocking in extra minutes.

You are effective in bringing forth a good end product.

Your work is wholeheartedly completed and given its best effort.

Goodness not only refers to being a good person on the outside, but having a genuine inward character. The verse in Luke 6 shows that our speech will also prove the abundance of our heart, not just our good works.

What is kindness?

Take a look at Philippians 2:3-4

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

When you seek opportunities to display kindness at work:

You greet your coworkers with a hello, or good morning.

You smile when you approach someone.

You treat your fellow coworkers with respect.

You avoid gossip in the breakroom.

You listen more attentively.

You offer a genuine compliment, (not flattery).

You offer a word of encouragement.

You keep calm at moments of confrontation.

Kindness is shown by putting others above and beyond yourself.

Kindness also refers to service.

Remember giving a cup of cold water goes a long way (Mathew 10:42), so why not offer a cup of hot coffee to your boss or coworker?

Our motives must be pure, we must serve others willingly, and not look for a reward.

As we exemplify goodness and kindness at work, we are also learning to exhibit LOVE towards others as well.

When you say good morning, or offer a compliment say it with a loving heart.

In 1 corinthians 13 we see what Love is and what love is not.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 

Love binds together the two fruits of the spirit goodness and kindness.

With the help of the Holy Spirit we must exemplify love to our coworkers even if they may be the last people on our list to show love to. And as we mature in our christian walk, we must be willing to show goodness and kindness, with a Christ like attitude in our workplaces!

Please share your experience on how you show love, goodness, and kindness in your workplace!

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6 Comments

  • Dani October 23, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I love your “goodness” list! The workplace is such a pivotal opportunity to share the Gospel through action and word – with integrity being a major ingredient in that. We demonstrate love when don’t react as others would, showing that we work unto the Lord and not ourselves. 🙂

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  • Michele Morin October 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    We make such a difference in the world when we bring goodness and kindness to work with us: coworkers, customers, clients, everyone benefits.

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  • Jennifer October 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for these reminders! It’s so important to demonstrate loving kindness and grace even when it gets hard in work and in life. Beautifully written.

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  • Hanha October 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Oh wowwww! I loved these because it was such a practical way to incorporate the fruits of the spirit. It’s so exciting that you’re a pharmacist and you’re living set apart like Jesus has called us to. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Helene October 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I love this post! Too many posts for women focus on the ONE way to be a woman of God as if He doesn’t meet us and require us to be overflowing in His Spirit in our every circumstance!

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