As a global staffing company, we have a profound understanding of human potential – the magic that happens when the right talent meets the right opportunity. This Be Kind to Humankind Week, celebrated from August 25 to August 31, we are reminded of the essential values that guide our actions: kindness, empathy, and the willingness to lend a hand.
Every day in the world of recruitment, we are given countless opportunities to practice these principles, and this week serves as an important reminder of the role we play in helping others. Here’s how we can all take part in our work lives:
8.25.2023 – Forgive-Your-Foe Friday: In our line of work, disagreements can arise. This is an opportunity for reconciliation, for the power of sincere apologies and the resolve to cultivate a harmonious work environment for all.
8.26.2023 – Speak-Nice-Words Saturday: Words matter, especially in our industry. From job descriptions to interview feedback, speaking kindly and respectfully sets the tone for positive interactions. Cultivate this habit in your work, and it will foster a more engaging, productive, and harmonious work environment.
8.27.2023 – Sacrifice Our Wants for Others’ Needs Sunday: Our role as recruiters is to serve others. We must understand the individual needs of each job seeker and employer, putting them first to ensure the right match.
8.28.2023 – Motorist Consideration Monday: Recruitment can sometimes feel like a fast-paced, high-pressure industry. It’s crucial for us to slow down, be considerate, and show patience, whether we’re dealing with candidates, clients, or colleagues.
8.29.2023 – Touch-A-Heart Tuesday: Our work impacts lives. When we support a candidate in landing their dream job or help a company fill a critical role, we touch hearts and change lives. Encourage others in their career dreams and goals.
8.30.2023 – Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday: A great recruiter offers assistance even when it’s not directly related to their immediate tasks. Offer support to your colleagues, take on a challenging role to fill, or lend an ear to a candidate who needs career advice.
8.31.2023 – Thoughtful Thursday: Recruiters are at the forefront of crafting a company’s reputation. Treat each interaction with kindness and thoughtfulness – a positive candidate experience can have ripple effects that benefit your client’s brand and the broader industry.
To observe Be Kind to Humankind Week in your recruitment practices, share these values with your team, candidates, and clients. Organize events or training sessions highlighting the importance of kindness in recruitment. Showcase your efforts on social media using the hashtags #BeKindToHumankind and #BK2HK.
Whether you incorporate these ideas with your work or personal life, or both, we hope that you will share and spread kindness. And remember, kindness is more than just a theme for one week. It’s a principle that should guide our actions every day in the recruitment industry, and beyond. The more kindness we show in our work, the more we contribute to a world where everyone feels valued, supported, and inspired to reach their fullest potential.