Thought Leadership Nov 13, 2023

Celebrating World Kindness Week at Jacobs

Executive Vice President, Chief People & Inclusion Officer Shelie Gustafson shares reflections Jacobs' culture for World Kindness Week.

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In a chaotic and fast-paced world, it's easy to forget that kindness can be a powerful tool. I’ve been talking about kindness in my recent culture of caring moments – a tradition we use at #OurJacobs to open up meetings with an inspiration or learning. So, I love the coincidence that Nov. 13-17 is World Kindness Week.

Kindness is not just a nice gesture, it can…

  • Boost employee morale: Acts of kindness, whether big or small, can lift the spirits of coworkers and lead to increased engagement and productivity.
  • Strengthen relationships: Kindness creates a sense of unity among teams and fosters a strong bond between colleagues.
  • Enhance wellbeing: Sharing some kind words of encouragement can help reduce stress for the recipient as well as increase a sense of fulfillment for the person showing kindness by triggering the release of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain.

During World Kindness Week – let’s take an extra moment to extend kindness to each other.

  • Show your appreciation by writing a thank-you note to a colleague who has been helpful.
  • Send an email to a colleague who has achieved a milestone.
  • Pick up a task for a coworker who is feeling overwhelmed.
  • Volunteer your expertise and help others learn and grow. It can be as simple as answering questions for others or engaging as a mentor.
  • Show genuine interest by actively listening to others and helping create an inclusive and supportive work environment.
  • Surprise a colleague with a coffee or treat.

One act of kindness can make a difference in a person’s day and contribute to how others feel overall about #OurJacobs. Plus, it’s contagious.

Let’s celebrate kindness this week and every week as we make #OurJacobs a place where our people thrive.

What acts of kindness will you offer this week?

About the author

Shelie Gustasfson

As Chief People and Inclusion Officer, Shelie Gustafson is responsible for aligning Jacobs' people and culture strategy to the business - including HR business partnering, TogetherBeyond, learning and development, talent insights, compensation, benefits and global wellbeing, talent acquisition, global mobility, employee relations and HR Global Business Services (GBS). Shelie joined Jacobs in 2007 and is based in Dallas, Texas.