“When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon.” - Nehemiah 4:15-17
Thoughtfulness at work can be tricky. Everybody has certain responsibilities, and each employee is challenged to “stay in their lane”. There may also be feelings of insecurity that creep in when you help another person at work. They may think you’re playing them for their job, trying to butter up the boss, or working some kind of an angle in the office. Maybe we all watched too many episodes of “Survivor.”
But, a truly thoughtful person makes their bosses and co-workers feel at ease, and people see them as a valuable part of the team. Stepping in to help a co-worker with a project, with no strings attached, communicates that you care just as much about their success as you do your own. Going above and beyond at work shows your boss that you’re a valuable team player. Think about this: what if the most valuable player is the player that makes the most people feel valuable?
Thoughtfulness in the workplace doesn’t just have to be about the work. A good work environment is created when co-workers get along. Remembering birthdays and anniversaries, getting to know their families and their hobbies, and stopping to engage on a personal level can strengthen those relationships and make working together more fun and productive.
TRY IT: Who in your office or business is struggling in their work? What can you do to help them succeed or encourage them?