This is a story of how small acts of kindness can change someone’s life in an enormous way.
During a company retreat of Wymer Brownlee, a financial firm based in Enid, Oklahoma, its CEO Kyle Brownlee asked his employees if they wanted to participate in a random act of kindness by expressing their gratitude to the pizza delivery guy who would be arriving at lunch. Together they could give him words of encouragement and appreciation and the tip of a lifetime.
All 72 employees agreed this was a great idea.
They spent part of their morning writing positive messages to this man they had never met before letting him know that he was important and that his job mattered. Then they pooled their cash together. Those who didn’t carry cash made trips to the ATM just so they could contribute.
When Lewis, the pizza delivery guy, arrived, they escorted him up to the stage.
Kyle told Lewis, “Today, we wanted to share we care about you and we want to bless you and we’re grateful for the work you do. We’re grateful you get up every day and you bring hot pizzas. I bet that there’s some people in your life that are so super blessed to have you in it and that you make their lives better every single day. And we want to make yours a little bit better today if you would give us that privilege.”
On behalf of his employees, Kyle presented Lewis with a container filled with 72 handwritten notes of affirmation and cash totaling $1,201 for his tip.
“Thank you for your service Lewis,” Kyle said. “Thank you for taking care of others.”
My friend Stephanie who works for Wymer Brownlee said, “It was honestly one of the best things I have ever been a part of. This is a perfect example of why I work for THE absolute best company! This appreciation and genuine care is something that our company exemplifies, for associates of the company, clients and just people in general. We are constantly challenged to better ourselves and our leadership team leads by example.”
This touching story offers some very important lessons and reminders.
- We all have the power to lift others up with kind words and acts of kindness.
- Leadership matters. Be the one to encourage others to do great things.
- Show gratitude daily to the people in your life, even the pizza delivery guy.
- Businesses can inspire loyalty among their employees by demonstrating their genuine care for people.
- How can we pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness for someone else?
Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams