Company and Personal Culture: It All Starts With You
January 17, 2017
In 2015, I was a part of a Pay It Forward project. This invitation came through a Facebook friend, offering the first three people to respond an opportunity to receive surprises throughout the year. Whether that be a dinner at your doorstep, a book, or a handwritten note. I jumped at the opportunity! There were two reasons, 1) because it gave me a chance to get to know this friend better, and 2) upon taking part, I took a pledge to pay it forward and offer this to three new people the following year.
It was a fun experiment. I received one gift: a book and bottle, which was lovely!
Last year, I honored my pledge and did my own Pay It Forward project for three friends – a longtime friend, a former nanny, and a school committee friend. I knew each of these individuals to varying degrees. I never did anything extravagant, but it was a treat to send something thoughtful and a handwritten note.
The point of this project is to make someone else’s day, but I found it profoundly gratifying to treat others to something kind and thoughtful.
It’s a story from my personal life, yet so relatable to work and our busy day-to-day lives. I encourage you to take a moment to make someone’s day at work this week. You too will reap the benefits, and the act of kindness helps us all!
Have you had any fun pay-it-forward opportunities or surprises in your life?
Jenny Kriha / About Author
Jenny Kriha is a successful business development professional with over 19 years of experience, who has invested in strong relationships with business owners and leaders throughout numerous professions including HR, marketing, finance, and business sectors including manufacturing, education, business services, housing, healthcare, retail, salon/spa, lifestyle, and more. Her success has come through building trusting relationships, having solid client management skills focused on strategy and growth, and using her networking to benefit her clients. Jenny is a team player who excels at presenting creative solutions to help her clients grow their business.