There have been studies and findings that have identified compassion to be an important aspect of a productive working environment.
The word compassion is derived from the Latin word which means co-suffering. In most of the religious practices expression of compassion has at all times had a special place.
According to the Dalai Lama, one of the most respected preachers of Buddhism, he stated that being compassionate and kind has the ability to spread harmony in the whole world.
In psychology, compassion is considered more of a reaction instead of an emotion. It involves elements of care, love and empathy. The expressions of compassion focus on decreasing the problems of others or trying to share them with the ones who are suffering.
Compassion consists of three components.
- Showing empathy or understanding the problems of others.
- Showing love and care for others.
- Help people who are in need.
Compassion does not follow the approach of give and take. Rather it has an extra component of altruism in it as very rarely the person who shows compassion expects to get the same in return. In totality compassion is “empathy in action”.
When you show compassion to your co-workers, not only will job satisfaction go up (at least in the office culture), but also helps in gaining benefits from a professional and relational aspect. Compassion at the workplace also helps in workplace loyalty, dedication, and engaging with the employees.
Emotional support with and amongst employees will strengthen the overall workplace culture and can aid in increasing collaboration.
Compassion at the office encourages strong interactive associations. It helps to acknowledge and appreciate other workers and the productivity of the organization improves. Compassion helps in trust building, increases mutual understanding, and reciprocation.