I recently ran into a friend that I hadn't seen in awhile. In catching up we discovered that we both had recently changed jobs. We work in the same industry and have known each other for decades. As we shared our stories, we concluded that much had changed within the industry and ourselves over the years. We also discovered that we both had added something new to our list of considerations in taking a job. Salary and title being the most common two things that people consider with a new job had slipped down the list for us. We had moved kindness into a 'top of the list' consideration. Not specifically kindness that a company extends to others through donations and community support, although that is still relevant, but kindness by the individuals that we would be working for in the future. Basic human kindness. We laughed with each other at our new found revelation and how things had definitely changed but, mainly we were getting a giggle out of figuring out how to ask the question in potential interviews. At the end we made a promise to support each other in our new found priorities. I don't think this was as much a commentary on us as individuals, but rather on the industry that we had spent our lives growing up in. I now think of it daily in how I conduct myself and look at others.
Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. - Wikipedia
I would like to believe that kindness is the spark that is igniting a revolution in the work space.
It's the new secret weapon to success that is separating old thinking with new.