Be kind to other workers.
This is obvious, at least in theory, but it’s often hard to practice and can be the first thing dropped when you become busy. Kindness requires slowing down enough to recognize the humanity and inherent value in another human being, something that takes effort.
Here’s a little email I wrote to a colleague recently to show my appreciation for his efforts to be kind to our IT support staff.
I just want to say thank you for being so polite to our support staff.
I know you’re a polite person, but I know from experience that it’s easy to forget expressions of gratitude when you get busy. A note of appreciation from others can really make someone’s day and in some cases it’s the difference between them thinking of themselves as just wage slaves and believing their work to be important and worth doing well. No pressure though … 🙂