Charles Dickens’s best career advice…

Christmas as we now know it, with all the turkey, trees and santa, is Victorian; the mood perfectly set in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol – published on this day 1843.

Bad Work Colleagues Are Bad for All

At the heart of this seasonal tale is Scrooge: one bad businessman putting commercial gain before his colleagues and loved ones – notably Bob Cratchit and his struggling family.

A moralistic lesson in an age in dire need of social reform A Christmas Carol’s message ‘to be kind’ is no less important today:

“‘Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business,” says Scrooge once redeemed.

A Key to Happiness

Action for Happiness a movement which wants to help us all be more, well, happy, has a 10 key guide to happier living which includes being kind, or ‘doing good things for others’.

But what has willy wooly kindness got to do with YOUR work or career?

Well, quite a lot actually.

Success at Work Does Not Equal Happiness

Most of us think success will make us happy. But like Scrooge – who neglected his fiancée and lost his friends – a single-minded approach to career success can lead us to a rather disappointing place – the realisation that stuff or prestige alone don’t make us as happy as we thought.

​In fact, happiness begets success, not the other way around. Tweet: In fact, happiness begets success, not the other way around. #MyUSPMonday @Angel_HR_UK https://goo.gl/VZ5Hj2

Doing Good Has a Ripple Effect

Being kind and doing good for others has far reaching consequences. Research shows that being kind to others increase our happiness, their happiness, and has a ripple effect. Tweet: Research shows that being kind to others increase our happiness and has a ripple effect. #MyUSPMonday @Angel_HR_UK https://goo.gl/VZ5Hj2
Kindness helps to:

● Strengthen connections
● Build cooperation
● Create trust
● Make us see others more positively and empathise with them

And, it doesn’t have to mean becoming Mother Teresa.

Kindness Can Come in Small Packages (And Big…)

Acts of kindness in your daily life can be as little or large as you’re able to give. Think:

● Smiling at people – even strangers
● Letting someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, train or tube
● Thanking your co-workers for being easy to work with
● Listening without butting in or giving advice
● Giving a glowing recommendation to a client, co-worker or business you appreciate
● Befriending the new guy – they’re probably feeling awkward
● Leaving things as you’d like to find them – from the bathroom to the kitchen or the photocopier
● Helping a co-worker having a challenging time with a deadline – whether it’s all out support, photocopying some documents or simply making them coffee to keep them going!
● Offering encouragement after a setback
● Volunteering or fundraising for a charity you feel passionate about – this will make you feel good as well as being something you can add to your CV.

Compassion & Kindness Are Career Gold

As Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Compassion, empathy, an ability to listen, are soft skills businesses need – not just frilly bits of faux Christmas cheer! Tweet: Compassion, empathy, an ability to listen, are soft skills businesses need. #MyUSPMonday @Angel_HR_UK https://goo.gl/VZ5Hj2
In fact our Angel Care division, in particular, recruits candidates with these specific skills in mind.

So, why not get into the real spirit of Christmas this season – and beyond – and do something kind for a work colleague, boss, fellow commuter or client?

What’s more, why not tell us about the kind things other folk have done for you to get us all warm and inspired? Tweet: Tell us about the kind things other folk have done for you to get us all warm & inspired? #MyUSPMonday @Angel_HR_UK https://goo.gl/VZ5Hj2

What Next?:

Want to know more about soft skills? Then take a look at a ye olde Angel blog here. Need more specific advice or career guidance? We’re here to help!

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