While searching for directions and solutions we were sometimes puzzled by how people unconsciously switch personalities back and forth every morning and evening as they swipe their badge to enter the office. From one second to another we freeze parts of our being that make us great personalities in our private life. Warm gestures that come naturally to us after business hours we need to relearn and reinvent while physically located in the office. For what it is worth, we believe that everyone has all it takes by nature to give others of a meaningful moment and an eye to spot their abundance. For example, while looking for inspiration on how to plan and orchestrate a natural and, of course, purely coincidental moment there is no need to look any further than your grandparents, the very masters of meaningful moments. It is these experienced and humble specialists who turn an apple, story, picture, or a walk in the park into a gesture that has us rolling on the floor laughing or that leaves us deeply touched – not asking for anything in return. Either way, they genuinely highlight a moment of our life so dear to us that we neatly store it in our memories, waiting for the day we can pass it the next generation, again making someone’s day.
The rule of thumb is: first and foremost meaningful moments are personal and never formal. They connect two or more people. Homemade is more charming than perfection. They are never to be outsourced to HR or a third party. Do something nobody would expect. Write something by hand. Dare to be spontaneous, again - make it personal. Do not ask for anything in return. Do something in person. If you think it is the right thing to do, we do not mind you singing a song if you think it gets the job done. Favor smaller groups over mass events. Give more space for own ideas. Please stop celebrating individuals or management on stage. Instead think about how you deal with life events and states of temporary need. Spot opportunities to show and prove what your organization stands for. Some practical examples: quickly arrange with others to cover a colleague having private challenges. For once, pick lower performing or less popular colleagues and give them the gift of attention. Have lunches or offer them mentorship - you might be surprised. Put some heart and soul into your personal welcome ceremony: surprise new employees or co-workers in the lobby or the parking lot and walk them to their desk, organize relevant colleagues to say hello throughout the day, have the laptop and other materials already prepared to maximize time for something meaningful.